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Republic of Singapore | Republik Singapura (Malay) 新加坡共和国 (Chinese)
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Republic of Singapore
short form: Singapore
Chinese (pinyin): Xinjiapo Gònghéguó
Malay: Republik Singapura
ISO Country Code: sg
Local Time = UTC +8h
Actual Time: Fri-Sept-22 12:31
Country Calling Code: +65
Capital City: Singapore (Sanskrit Singapura--Lion City; pop. 3.5 million)
Type: Parliamentary Republic.
Independence: 9 August 1965 (from Malaysian Federation)
Constitution: 3 June 1959, amended 1965 (based on preindependence State of Singapore Constitution)
Location: Southeast Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Area: 597 km² (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.
Nationality: noun: Singaporean(s), adjective: Singapore
Population: 5.6 million (2016)
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)
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.
Exports - commodities: machinery and equipment (including electronics and telecommunications), pharmaceuticals and other chemicals, refined petroleum products, foodstuffs and beverages
Exports - partners: China 13.7%, Hong Kong 11.5%, Malaysia 10.8%, Indonesia 8.2%, US 6.9%, Japan 4.4%, South Korea 4.1% (2015)
Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, mineral fuels, chemicals, foodstuffs, consumer goods
Imports - partners: China 14.2%, US 11.2%, Malaysia 11.2%, Japan 6.3%, South Korea 6.1%, Indonesia 4.8% (2015)
Currency: Singapore Dollar (S$, SGD)
Singapore in Figures
More Singapore statistical data.
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Official Sites of SingaporeSingapore is a parliamentary representative democratic republic with a (in theory) multi-party system. Since 1965, Singapore's policy has been dominated by the People's Action Party (PAP). Therefore, Singapore is classified as a one-party state by critics.
Head of state is the President, head of government is the Prime Minister. Voting at Singapore's presidential elections or parliamentary elections is compulsory for all eligible citizens. On the other hand, Singapore has been consistently rated in the Top10 of the least corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International.
Office of the President of the Republic.
Prime Minister's Office
The official PMO site.
Official site of the Cabinet.
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.
Embassy of Singapore to the U.S.
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 High Commissions, Embassies, Consulates and International Organizations.
Visa & Entry Facilities
Statistics on Singapore
Statistical figures, census and more.
Singapore in Figures
Singapore key statistical data.
Map of Singapore
Map of Singapore.
Google Earth Singapore.
Searchable map and satellite view of Singapore.
Map of Southeast Asia
Map of the Southeast Asia region.
Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.
Singapore NewsLianhe ZaoBao
National and international news (in Chinese)
Singapore Press Holdings
News portal with various newspapers.
The Straits Times
National and international news.
News in Tamil.
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Arts & CultureAsian Civilizations Museum
Where Asian Cultures Come Alive - the first museum in the region to present a broad perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilizations.
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.
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 EventsSingapore Arts Festival
Celebrations of cultural diversity and artistic innovation: dance, music, theater.
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.
World Gourmet Summit
One of Asia's foremost gastronomic event, the annual epicurean festival that showcases the intricate craftsmanship of prestigious chefs.
Business & Economy
Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS
MAS administers the various statutes pertaining to money, banking,
insurance, securities and the financial sector in general.
Singapore Exchange SGX
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.
Singapore's Major Companies
DBS is a Singaporean multinational banking and financial services corporation headquartered in Marina Bay, Singapore.
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, a publicly listed financial services organization, headquartered in Singapore.
United Overseas Bank is a multinational banking organization headquartered in Singapore, UOB has branches in most Southeast Asian countries.
M1 Limited is one of the three major telcos operating in Singapore.
Singapore Telecommunications Limited, a major telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries.
Subsidiary internet service provider of SingTel.
Great Eastern Life is the oldest insurance company in Asia, it is largest life insurer in Singapore and Malaysia.
Fraser and Neave (F&N)
The group’s subsidiaries and associated companies include Frasers Centrepoint, Asia Pacific Breweries and Times Publishing. Fraser and Neave is since 2013 a subsidiary of ThaiBev (Chang Beer, Thailand).
Company focused on marine, property and infrastructure businesses.
Sembcorp Marine provides engineering solutions, the company is headquartered in Singapore.
Asia’s leading agribusiness group, founded in 1991 and headquartered in Singapore.
Business Times Online
S'pore business news.
Yellow Pages Singapore
Online Yellow Pages.
Singapore positions itself as a leading aviation hub, strategically located at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region, and well-placed to benefit from the growth potential of aviation-related activities such as air cargo handling, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and aircraft manufacturing.
Official site of the national carrier, based at Changi Airport.
The regional wing of Singapore Airlines, connects 25 destinations in Asia.
Low-cost long-haul airline owned by Singapore Airlines with destinations in Asia and Australia.
Singapore based budget airline with flights to regional destinations in Southeast Asia, Australia, Japan, China and India.
Singapore Changi Airport
Official site of Changi Airport.
The state's mass rapid transit passenger service.
Public Transport information with interactive maps to get around Singapore.
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Travel and Tour Consumer Information
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.
The official destination website with comprehensive travel and tourism information.
Calendar of Events
Informs you about the attractions and events of the Lion City.
Another official city guide to Lion City.
Singapore Tourism Board
Travel and tourism information plus event calendar.
Another information portal, a gateway to culture, events, recreation & sports.
This Week Singapore
Local shopping, dining and entertainment.
A tour guide to Sentosa, the premier island resort.
Wildlife in the city.
5 star hotel in the Civic District.
Homepage of the grand old dame of the city.
Great Singapore Sale
Sale event in Asia's shopper's paradise.
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EducationMinistry of Education (MOE)
Official site of the ministry.
National University of Singapore (NUS)
The University was founded in 1905.
The University's Libraries are a group of six multi-disciplinary libraries.
Official site with comprehensive information on a very wide range of programmes and courses offered by the Polytechnic.
Environment & Nature
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.
All about nature in the Lion City.
History of Singapore
History outline of the city state of Singapore.
© Chinatown Heritage Center
Official Singapore magazine.
Sources and additional Information on Singapore
Amnesty International: Singapore
BBC Country Profile: Singapore
The Heritage Foundation: Singapore
Human Rights Watch: Singapore
Reporters Without Borders: Singapore
Singapore - A Country Study
(Library of Congress)
The World Factbook -- Singapore
WWW Virtual Library Singapore
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