Singapore (GPS: 1 22 N, 103 48 E) located in Southeastern Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia. The country’s area measurements are total: 697 sq km; land: 687 sq km, water: 10 sq km. This sovereign state is slightly more than 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC. The total irrigated land is 0 sq km (2012).
One of the important features of Singapore: Focal point for Southeast Asian sea routes. Consists of about 60 islands, by far the largest of which is Pulau Ujong. Land reclamation has removed many former islands and created many new ones.
It’s significant, and at the same time, the principal city, Singapore’s GPS coordinates are 1 17 N 103 51 E. Singapore’s local time is 13 hours ahead of Washington DC during Standard Time. The capital’s time difference: UTC+8.
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About Singapore in detail
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A Malay trading port known as Temasek existed on the island of Singapore by the 14th century. The settlement changed hands several times in the ensuing centuries and was eventually burned in the 17th century and fell into obscurity. The British founded modern Singapore as a trading colony on the site in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but was ousted two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world’s most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world’s busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations in Western Europe.
Singapore’s names conventional long form: the Republic of Singapore, conventional short form: Singapore, local long form: the Republic of Singapore, local short form: Singapore, etymology: name derives from the Sanskrit words “singa” (lion) and “pura” (city) to describe the city-state’s leonine symbol. The name derives from the Sanskrit words “Simha” (lion) and “pura” (city) to describe the city-state’s leonine symbol.
Singapore’s terrain is typically low-lying, gently undulating central plateau. The country’s mean elevation: N/A, elevation extremes; lowest point: Singapore Strait 0 m, highest point: Bukit Timah 166 m.
The country’s general climate is tropical: hot, humid, rainy: two distinct monsoon seasons – northeastern monsoon (December to March) and Southwestern monsoon (June to September): inter-monsoon – frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms.
The total number of border countries is 0. None are the neighboring nations with the indicated border lengths. Singapore’s coastline is 193 km, while its marital claims are: territorial sea: 3 nautical miles, exclusive fishing zone: within and beyond the territorial sea, as defined in treaties and practice. Waterways: N/A. Land use: agricultural land: 1%; arable land 0.9%; permanent crops 0.1%; permanent pasture 0%; forest: 3.3%; other: 95.7% (2011 estimate).
The population in Singapore 5,995,991 (July 2018 estimate), urban population: 100% of total population (2015), major urban area’s population: SINGAPORE (capital) 5.619 million (2015), while Singapore has N/A. Their spoken languages are: Mandarin (official language) 36.3%, English (official language) 29.8%, Malay (official language) 11.9%, Hokkien 8.1%, Cantonese 4.1%, Tamil (official language) 3.2%, Teochew 3.2%, other Indian languages 1.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.1%, other 1.1% (2010 estimate). Main religions in Singapore are Buddhist 33.9%, Muslim 14.3%, Taoist 11.3%, Catholic 7.1%, Hindu 5.2%, other Christian 11%, other 0.7%, none 16.4% (2010 estimate). The nation uses English common law. It is a(n) parliamentary republic, National holiday(s) National Day, 9 August (1965).
Economic overview for the country: Singapore has a highly developed and prosperous free-market economy. It enjoys an open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, and a per capita GDP higher than most developed countries. Unemployment is deficient. The economy depends heavily on exports, particularly electronics, petroleum products, chemicals, medical and optical devices, pharmaceuticals, and Singapore’s vibrant transportation, business, and financial services sectors. The economy contracted 0.6% in 2009 due to the global financial crisis but has continued to grow since 2010. Growth from 2012-2017 was slower than during the previous decade due to slowing structural change – as Singapore reached high-income levels – and weak global demand for exports. Growth recovered to 3.6% in 2017 with a strengthening global economy.
The government is attempting to restructure Singapore’s economy to reduce its dependence on foreign labor, raise productivity growth, and increase wages amid slowing labor force growth and an aging population. Singapore has attracted significant investments in advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology production and will continue efforts to strengthen its position as Southeast Asia’s leading financial and technology hub.
Singapore is a signatory of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and a party to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations with nine other ASEAN members plus Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand. In 2015, Singapore formed, with the other ASEAN members, the ASEAN Economic Community.
Natural resources of Singapore: fish, deepwater ports.
Main export partners for Singapore, Southeast Asia are China 13.7%, Hong Kong 11.5%, Malaysia 10.8%, Indonesia 8.2%, US 6.9%, Japan 4.4%, South Korea 4.1% (2015) for machinery and equipment (including electronics and telecommunications), pharmaceuticals and other chemicals, refined petroleum products, foodstuffs, and beverages, while the main import partners for the country are: China 14.2%, US 11.2%, Malaysia 11.2%, Japan 6.3%, South Korea 6.1%, Indonesia 4.8% (2015) for machinery and equipment, mineral fuels, chemicals, foodstuffs, consumer goods.
When you visit this country in Southeast Asia, consider the natural hazards in Singapore: N/A, while infectious diseases are noted: active local transmission of Zika virus by Aedes species mosquitoes have been identified in this country (as of August 2016); it poses a substantial risk (a large number of cases possible) among US citizens if bitten by an infective mosquito; other less common ways to get Zika are through sex, via blood transfusion, or during pregnancy, in which the pregnant woman passes Zika virus to her fetus (2016). Also, note that Singapore faces the following environmental issues: Water pollution, Industrial pollution, Limited natural freshwater resources, Limited land availability presents waste disposal problems, Air pollution, Deforestation, Seasonal smoke/haze resulting from forest fires in Indonesia.
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