Singapore! What an amazing city.
you haven't fallen in love with Singapore yet,
let us help you get to
know this incredible country.
founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined
the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and
became independent. It subsequently became one of the world's most
prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port
is the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita
GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.
General Info: Singapore has
one of the most stable
societies in Asia. It was ranked by top "quality of life" analizer
Mercer in 2004 to have a comparable, if not better quality of life than
cities such as London, New York, Boston and Osaka. It has a bustling
arts scene. The world's leading performers and arts companies now
regard the city as a must-stop on their Asia Pacific tours.
11 of the world’s top universities have a presence in Singapore.
Singapore tops the list as having the best business environment in the
Asia-Pacific by the EIU Country Forecast.
total: 692.7 sq km
land: 682.7 sq km
water: 10 sq km
tropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct
monsoon seasons -
Northeastern monsoon from December to March and Southwestern monsoon
from June to September; inter-monsoon - frequent afternoon and early
Indian [7.6%] and
other [1.4%] peoples.
0-14 years: 16.5%
15-64 years: 75.8%
(male 1,611,502; female 1,687,048)
65 years and over: 7.8%
(male 149,452; female 189,518)
Chinese religions * 52.4%
Muslim 15.4% [Malays]
Christian 14%, (6.7% Evangelicals)
Hindu 3.3% [Tamil]
14.9% [including Sikh & Jewish]
religions are a blend of Buddhism,
Taoism, Confucianism and ancestor worship.
Freedom of religion is "guaranteed" by the
constitution. There are
Religious Harmony laws that make sure that each of the four main
religions are treated equally [each has two public holidays, for
example] and that members of one religion don’t try to convert members
of another. (Source: OMF)
Singapore, a highly developed and successful
free market economy,
enjoys a remarkably open and corruption-free environment, stable
prices, and a high per capita GDP. The economy depends heavily on
exports, particularly in electronics and manufacturing. It was hard hit
in 2001-03 by the global recession and the slump in the technology
sector. The government hopes to establish a new growth path that will
be less vulnerable to the external business cycle but is unlikely to
abandon efforts to establish Singapore as Southeast Asia's financial
and high-tech hub. Fiscal stimulus, low interest rates, and global
economic recovery should lead to much improved growth in 2004.
Electronics, chemicals, financial services,
oil drilling equipment,
petroleum refining, rubber processing and rubber products, processed
food and beverages, ship repair, offshore platform construction, life
sciences, entrepot trade.
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