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EnvironmentThe goal of the government’s environmental policy is to reduce the amount of emissions in all sectors as well as adopting green growth opportunities.1 Singapore is particularly vulnerable to the global effects of climate change as over 90% of the country's food supply is imported, and their location and rapid industrialization make it difficult to keep air pollution levels low.2
FamilyFamilies are typically very small with less than one child born on average to every woman in her lifetime.1 Spousal abuse is common and highly stigmatized in Singapore. In 2015, there were nearly 3,000 requests for legal protection from spouses because of violent acts, and over 75% of these requests were filed by women.1
Human RightsThere are laws in place that restrict freedom of speech, association, and assembly. Recently, the government has been criticized for imposing harsh sanctions on online news forums and blogs that criticise the government.1 Permits are required for peaceful demonstrations to take place, and any type of movie or television production must be pre-screened by the government in order to be distributed.1 Those who publish any sort of negative comments online towards groups are at risk for being arrested or penalized.2
EducationSingapore has a thriving education sector that is highly developed. There are over 360 primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools in Singapore. There is no shortage of highly trained and educated teachers.1 Education takes up 3% of the nation’s GDP, and there is an emphasis placed on further advancing the education system.2 The literacy rate in Singapore is at 97%.3
PovertyThe Singaporean government does not calculate statistical data on poverty nor has it set a national poverty line.1 However, it is known that wealth inequalities are growing rapidly and the number of working poor is increasing. There is a large number of elderly people living in poverty.1
ReligionSingapore is a very religiously diverse country with a religious demographic that is 34% Buddhist, 18% Christian, 14% Muslim, 5% Hindu, 11% Taoist, and 16% non-religious. The constitution of Singapore protects religious freedom, and reports of religious discrimination and intolerance are very rare.3
Clean Water100% of Singapore’s population has access to sanitation infrastructure and clean water.1
EconomySingapore’s free-market economy is highly developed and operates in a transparent open market. The country boasts stable market prices and a very high GDP per capita. Exportation is the driving force behind the economy, and Singapore thrives on exporting consumer electronics, technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services.1 Singapore’s unemployment rate is low at just 3%.2
HealthThe public healthcare system in Singapore is excellent and health insurance is mandatory for every citizen. The Ministry of Health is committed to providing affordable and quality care to all citizens, and the health network operates with primary public health care facilities and private healthcare providers.1 The leading causes of death are noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and cancer. The life expectancy is 76 years of age.2
ChildrenSingapore has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world at only two deaths per 1,000 live births.1 Childhood is Singapore is generally well protected, and there are low levels of child labor as the laws against it are enforced rigorously.2
GovernmentFormerly a British trading colony, Singapore is a parliamentary republic with both a president and a prime minister.1 The judiciary is swift, efficient and very independent from government bribery and meddling. Government policies are transparent and effective, and this has helped the country has enjoyed a very high standard of living and prosperity.2 Singapore has very low levels of corruption, and compared to other countries in Southeast Asia, it has the most transparent governmental system.3
AnimalsBecause of Singapore’s location and size, there is little natural area besides preservations for wildlife to live in. There are few animals larger than reptiles and birds, but fish and coral reefs are abundant off the coastline.1
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