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The Republic of Singapore is a city state located in Southeast Asia on an island at the southern end of the Malay Peninsula. It is a world leading financial center, as well as being one of the world's busiest ports.
Singapore is very densely populated, in fact it is the second most densely populated country after Monaco. As of 2009, Singapore had a population of 4,987,600. About 3.7 million of the city state's inhabitants are Singaporean citizens or permanent residents, and the rest, about 1.3 million are foreigners. The government of Singapore has specifically encouraged foreigners to immigrate to Singapore, not only for business reasons, but because very low birth rates (below replacement levels) mean that otherwise the population would be in decline.
The primary official language in Singapore is English, but Malay, Mandarain Chinese, and Tamil are also all official recognized. There are two main forms of English spoken in Singapore: Standard Singapore English ("SSE"), and Singapore Colloquial English ("Singlish"). Standard Singapore English derives from British English (Singapore was a British colony for 146 years) but contains local English, and is the primary language for formal and professional communications. Singlish is an English-based creole language containing many loan words taken from other languages, and although used in some local media such as TV and movies, is widely considered to be of low prestige, and its use has been discouraged by the Singaporean government.
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