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Singapore Language and Literacy

The official languages of Singapore are Malay, Chinese (Mandarin), Tamil and English.  Malay is the national language and English the language of administration.  Mandarin is widely used among the Chinese in place of the Chinese dialects of Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka, Hainanese and Foochow.  Besides Tamil, other languages spoken by the Indians include Malayalam, Punjabi, Telegu, Hindi and Bengali.

In 2003, the general literacy rate, defined as the number of literate residents per 100 residents aged 15 years and over, was estimated to be 94.2 percent.  The estimated literacy rate for males was 96.9 percent while the estimated literacy rate for females was 90.6 percent.

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