World Travelling Guide
World Travelling Guide

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Singapore Travelling Guide
Singapore Travelling Guide

General background: Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined Malaysia in 1963, but withdrew 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 one of the world's busiest) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.

Area comparative: Slightly more than 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC.

Climate: 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 evening thunderstorms.

Terrain: Lowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve .

Population: 4,452,732 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Chinese 76.7%, Malay 14%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4%

Religions: Buddhist (Chinese), Muslim (Malays), Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist, Confucianism

Language: Chinese (official), Malay (official and national), Tamil (official), English (official)

Government type: Parliamentary republic

Capital: Singapore

Legal system: Based on English common law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

Economic overview: Singapore, a highly developed and successful free-market economy, enjoys a remarkably open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, and one of the highest per capita GDPs in the world. The economy depends heavily on exports, particularly in electronics and manufacturing, and was hard hit in 2001 by the global recession and the slump in the technology sector. In 2001, GDP contracted by 2.2%. The economy is expected to recover in 2002 in response to improvements in the US economy, and GDP growth for 2002 is projected to be 3% to 4%. In the longer term the government hopes to establish a new growth path that will be less vulnerable to the external business cycle than the current export-led model, but is unlikely to abandon efforts to establish Singapore as Southeast Asia's financial and high-tech hub.

Communication/Telephone system: Major consideration given to serving business interests; excellent international service.

Places of interest: In Little India, you can buy the best sari material or freshly ground spices.

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