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Singapore Cities by Population

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1. Singapore 3,547,809

Singapore History

The population of Singapore is approximately 4.84 million. Though Singapore is highly cosmopolitan and diverse, ethnic Chinese form the majority of the population. English is the administrative and main language of the country.

The Constitution of the Republic of Singapore established the nation's political system as a representative democracy, while the country is recognised as a parliamentary republic. The People's Action Party dominates the political process and has won control of Parliament in every election since self-government in 1959.

The English language name Singapore comes from Malay Singapura, Lion-city,"" but it is possible that one element of its name had a more distant original source. Pura comes from Sanskrit puram, ""city, fortress,"" and is related to Greek polis, ""citadel, city."" Singa- comes from Sanskrit siha, which means lion. Interestingly, siha is probably related to Swahili simba, ""lion,"" but since lions are native to Asia as well as Africa, it is not known whether the word came into India from Africa or the other way around, or if both are from a third source."

Recent studies of Singapore, however, indicate that lions have never lived there, not even Asiatic lions; the beast seen by Sang Nila Utama was most likely a tiger, probably the Malayan Tiger.

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