Country Profile: Singapore

Quick facts

Population: 5.7 million
Size: 719kmsq
Capital city: None
Year of independence: 1965
Currency: Singapore dollar (S$1 = NZ$0.99)
National airline: Singapore Airlines


Official languages: English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil
Main ethnic groups: Chinese (70%), Malay (13%), Indian (9%), Other (3%)
Religion: Buddhist (33%), Christian (18%), No religion (17%), Muslim (15%), Taoist (11%), Hindu (5%)
Median age: 34 years


Prime Minister: Lee Hsien Loong, leader of the People’s Action Party (Facebook, Twitter)
Deputy Prime Minister(s): Teo Chee Hean, Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Ministries: Communications And InformationCulture, Community and YouthDefence; Education; Finance; Foreign Affairs; Health; Home Affairs; Law; Manpower; National Development; Social And Family Development; Environment and Water Resources; Trade and Industry; Transport


News media: While the state has firm control over the press, Singapore has a bustling media space.

Blogs: Singapore is home to a diverse blogging community, the most popular include:

Bilateral relations

Singapore is one of New Zealand’s top defence partners in the Asia-Pacific, and our ninth largest trading partner. New Zealand’s free-trade agreement with Singapore — the ANZSCEP, signed by former prime ministers Helen Clark and Goh Chok Tong in 2000 — is one of our most comprehensive. 

Singaporeans in New Zealand

2013 Census: 5,370 Singapore-born residents


Year ending June 2013: 37,696 visitors from Singapore

Year ending June 2017: 57,696 visitors from Singapore

Tourist profile: Traditional peak travel seasons for Singapore residents are from mid-November to the end of December; the last week of May to the last week of June; Chinese New Year; Hari Raya in July or October; and Deepavali in early November. The majority of Singaporean travellers prefer free independent travel over group tours (source: Tourism New Zealand).

Useful links

Kiwis in Singapore

New Zealand High Commission Singapore

Australian and New Zealand Association

Singaporeans in New Zealand

New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Singapore

Singapore Students’ Association (Auckland)


– Asia Media Centre