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Lion Symbol of SingaporeA virtual travel guide to Singapura; the Malay name for "Lion City". Singapore is famous for shopping, activities, dining and entertainment. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Singapore art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, and economy.
Beside a country profile this page contains links to sources that will provide you with in-depth information about this Southeast Asian city-state, e.g.: Official web sites of the government, addresses of Singaporean and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more facts like weather information, statistics, maps, and local news.
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where in the world is Singapore?

Official Name:
Republik Singapura
Republic of Singapore
short form: Singapore
Chinese (pinyin): Xinjiapo Gònghéguó
Malay: Republik Singapura

ISO Country Code: sg

Time:
Local Time = UTC +8h
Actual Time: Thu-Apr-24  02:02

Country Calling Code: +65

Capital City: Singapore (Sanskrit Singapura--Lion City; pop. 3.5 million)

Government:
Type: Parliamentary Republic.
Independence: 9 August 1965 (from Malaysian Federation)
Constitution: 3 June 1959, amended 1965 (based on preindependence State of Singapore Constitution)

Geography:
Location: Southeast Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Area: 597 kmĀ² (230,5 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Lowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve.

Climate: equatorial, a tropical rainforest climate; hot and humid.

People:
Nationality: noun: Singaporean(s), adjective: Singapore
Population: 5.2 million (2011)
GNI per capita PPP: int'l $ 28,228
Ethnic Groups: Chinese 77%, Malay 14%, Indian 8%
Religions: Buddhist (Chinese), Muslim (Malays), Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist, Confucianist.
Languages: PuTongHua (Mandarin Chinese, official), Malay (official and national), Tamil (official), English (official)
Literacy: 93%

Natural resources: Fish, deepwater ports.
Agriculture - products: Rubber, copra, fruit, orchids, vegetables, poultry, eggs, fish, ornamental fish.

Industries: 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.


Currency: Singapore Dollar (S$, SGD)


Singapore in Figures
More Singapore statistical data.


Background:
The island city-state on the southern tip of Malay Peninsula has seen many rulers in its history. It has been an outpost of the ancient Sumatran Srivijaya empire; it was part of the Sultanate of Johore in the 15th and 16th century, and it was burned down by Portugese forces in 1617.
In the beginning of the 19th century Singapore became a trade post and settlement of the British East India Company and some years later a British crown colony.
Singapore is today (beside Monaco) the most densely populated independent country in the world. Its strategic location combined with a largely corruption-free government, a skilled work force, pro-foreign investment and export-oriented, led to a successful free-market economy which attracts international investment funds on a large scale despite its relatively high-cost operating environment.

related countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, United Kingdom
 

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Official Sites of Singapore

Prime Minister's Office
The official PMO site.

Istana Singapore
Office of the President of the Republic.

The Cabinet
Official site of the Cabinet.

The Parliament
Official web site of the Parliament.


SINGOV: Singapore Government Online Portal
The Government's official site.
Singapore Government Directory interactive (SGDI)
The government directory lists Ministries, Organs of State, ond other institutions.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Official site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of Singapore to the U.S.
Washington D.C.
Embassy of Singapore in Germany
Singapore embassy Berlin.
Singapore Missions Worldwide
Address list of Singapore Embassies Abroad.
Foreign Missions Accredited to Singapore
Addresses of Foreign Missions.
Visa & Entry Facilities
Visa information.


Weather
Meteorological Services
Singapore weather.

Statistics
Statistics on Singapore
Statististical figures, census and more.
Singapore in Figures
Singapore key statistical data.

Maps
Map of Singapore
Map of Singapore.

Google Earth Google Earth Singapore.
Searchable map and satellite view of Singapore.

Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
profile Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.
 

Singapore News

Lianhe ZaoBao
National and international news (in Chinese)
Singapore Press Holdings
News portal with various newspapers.
The Straits Times
National and international news.
Tamil Murasu
News in Tamil.
 

 

Arts & Culture

great site  Asian Civilisations Museum
Where Asian Cultures Come Alive - the first museum in the region to present a broad perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilisations.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
The famous Buddhist temple in Chinatown is worth a visit.
The Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore
The art of calligraphy.
Esplanade
Theaters on the Bay, is Singapore's a performing arts center.
National Museum of Singapore
Singapore's oldest museum hosts Singapore Living Galleries: Fashion, Film & Wayang (shadow puppet theater), Photography and Food.
Singapore Art Museum
Local and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art.


Singapore Events

Singapore Arts Festival
Celebrations of cultural diversity and artistic innovation: dance, music, theatre.
Audi Fashion Festival
Singapore celebrates fashion on a grand scale.
Singapore Food Festival
Feast Your Senses - Singapore's Food Festival brings together Asian and international cuisine.
Singapore Heritage Fest 2009
Singapore is celebrating its diversity of cultures.
World Gourmet Summit
One of Asia's foremost gastronomic event, the annual epicurean festival that showcases the intricate craftsmanship of prestigious chefs.
 
Singapore Heritage Fest 2009

Business & Economy

Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS
MAS administers the various statutes pertaining to money, banking,
insurance, securities and the financial sector in general.

SGX Singapore Exchange
Official site of Singapore Stock Exchange.

Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
Official site of the Chamber.

International Enterprise (IE) Singapore
The formerly Singapore Trade Development Board is the lead agency
spearheading Singapore's efforts to develop its external economic wing.

Business Times Online
S'pore business news.

__Yellow Pages
Yellow Pages Singapore
Online Yellow Pages.

__Jobs
JobCyclone
A portal site for the Singapore job market.


__Transportation

Airlines
SilkAir
The regional wing of Singapore Airlines, connects 25 destinations in Asia.
Singapore Airlines
Official site of the national carrier, based at Changi Airport.

ValueAir
Singapore based budget airline with flights to Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Perth, Chengdu and Xiamen.

Airport
Singapore Changi Airport
Official site of Changi Airport.


Public Transport
SMRT
The state's mass rapid transit passenger service.

PublicTransport@SG
Public Transport information with interactive maps to get around Singapore.
 



Fountain of Wealth - Suntec City
Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City - the world's largest fountain © STB

Destination Singapore - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover the Lion City: Central Business District, Orchard Road, Chinatown, Little India, Boat Quay, Night Safari, Bugis and Kampong Glam, Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa, Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin.
Hotel, accommodation, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, recreation, dining, shopping, tours and much more.

great site Visit Singapore
The official destination website with comprehensive travel and tourism information.

Calendar of Events
Informs you about the attractions and events of the Lion City.

Singapore Infomap
Another official city guide to Lion City.

Singapore Tourism Board
Travel and tourism information plus event calendar.

Live.Life!@eCitizen

Another information portal, a gateway to culture, events, recreation & sports.

This Week Singapore
Local shopping, dining and entertainment.

Sentosa
A tour guide to Sentosa, the premier island resort.

Singapore Zoo
Wildlife in the city.


Singapore Hotels
The Fullerton
5 star hotel in the Civic District.

Raffles
Homepage of the grand old dame of the city.


Hotels in Singapore
Find Hotels in Singapore.

Shopping
Great Singapore Sale
Sale event in Asia's shopper's paradise.

Public Transport
SMRT
The state's mass rapid transit passenger service.

PublicTransport@SG
Public Transport information with interactive maps to get around Singapore.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Merlion Park
Merlion in fron t of The Fullerton Hotel © STB



Raffles Hotel
Raffles Hotel © STB

Education

Ministry of Education (MOE)
Official site of the ministry.

National University of Singapore (NUS)
The University was founded in 1905.

NUS Library
The University's Libraries are a group of six multi-disciplinary libraries.

Singapore Polytechnic
Official site with comprehensive information on a very wide range of programmes and courses offered by the Polytechnic.

 
 

Environment

Jurong BirdPark
Bird park in Jurong Town.
National Environment Agency
To ensure a quality environment for Singaporeans, for now and for generations to come.
National Parks Board (NParks)
Extensive tour guide to Parks and Gardens.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Regional park, botanical institution, and tourist destination.
great site  Wild Singapore
All about nature in the Lion City.

 
Chinese Gardens
Garden City: Chinese Garden © STB 

Singapore History

 History of Singapore
History outline of the city state of Singapore.
 
 

Harbour sceneEarly Singapore © Chinatown Heritage Center

Search

Catcha Singapore
.sg sites directory.
Singapore Infomap
The Official National Website and Internet Gateway.

Google Singapore
Google's S'pore version.


Additional Information on Singapore

BBC Country Profile: Singapore
Open Directory: Singapore
Singapore - A Country Study
(Library of Congress)
Wikipedia: Singapore
WWW Virtual Library Singapore
The World Factbook -- Singapore
 
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