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  Channel NewsAsia 22 Oct 07
Singapore's population reached 4.48m last year

SINGAPORE : The population of Singapore grew to 4.48 million last year, up from just over 3 million 17 years ago.

Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng gave these figures in a written answer to Non-Constituency MP Sylvia Lim. He was citing figures from the Department of Statistics.

The biggest change was seen in the number of Permanent Residents, which quadrupled from about 112,000 to more than 460,000 last year.

There are now more than 460,000 Permanent Residents living in Singapore, making up 10 percent of the population.

The number of non-residents who are working, studying or living here have also gone up. They number 875,500 last year, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the population.

Singapore citizens now account for 70.2 percent of the population, down from 86 percent in 1990. - CNA/ms

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