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Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, lying 137 kilometres north of the equator, south of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of Indonesia's Riau Islands. At 710.2 km2 , Singapore, a microstate and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia, is by orders of magnitude larger than Monaco and Vatican City. These, as well as San Marino, are the only other surviving sovereign city-states. Before European settlement, the island now known as Singapore was the site of a Malay fishing village at the mouth of the Singapore River. Several hundred indigenous Orang Laut people also lived along the nearby coast, rivers and on smaller islands. In 1819, the British East India Company, led by Sir Stamford Raffles, established a trading post on the island, which was used as a port along the spice route. Singapore became one of the most important commercial and military centres of the British Empire, and the hub of British power in Southeast Asia. During the Second World War, the British colony was occupied by the Japanese after the Battle of Singapore, which Winston Churchill called "Britain's greatest defeat". Singapore reverted to British rule in 1945, immediately after the war. Eighteen years later, in 1963, the city, having achieved independence from Britain, merged with Malaya, Sabah, and Sarawak to form Malaysia. However, the merger proved unsuccessful, and, less than two years later, it seceded from the federation and became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations on August 9, 1965. Singapore was admitted to the United Nations on September 21 of that year. Since independence, Singapore's standard of living has risen dramatically. Foreign direct investment and a state-led drive to industrialization based on plans drawn up by the Dutch economist Albert Winsemius have created a modern economy focused on industry, education and urban planning. Singapore is the 5th wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita. In December 2008, the foreign exchange reserves of this small island nation stood at around US$174.2billion. The Singapore government, with approval from the President, announced in March 2009 that it would tap into her official reserves for the first time ever, and withdraw some S$4.9 billion. The funds were then used as part of the S$20.5 billion resilience package unveiled by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 5 February 2009. As of January 2009, Singapore's official reserves stands at US$170.3 billion. In 2009, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Singapore the tenth most expensive city in the world in which to live—the third in Asia, after Tokyo and Osaka. The 2009 Cost of Living survey, by consultancy firm Mercer, has ranked Singapore similarly as the tenth most expensive city for expatriates to live in. The population of Singapore is approximately 4.86 million. Singapore is highly cosmopolitan and diverse with Chinese people forming an ethnic majority with large populations of Malay, Indian and other people. English, Malay, Tamil, and Chinese are the official languages. Singapore is a parliamentary republic, and the Constitution of Singapore establishes representative democracy as the nation's political system. The People's Action Party dominates the political process and has won control of Parliament in every election since self-government in 1959.

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Singapore – The Lion City - Singapore City
Singapore – The Lion City These Singapore City photos I have taken during my Singapore trip. This was one week trip to Singapore. Singapore has been described as a thriving cosmopolitan city that’s brimming with diversity, as well as a multiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture. Just like other destinations, the city has her own unique set of offerings that sets her apart. "Uniquely Singapore" was designed to show the rest of the world what Singapore is really about – warm, enriching and unforgettable. But we live in an ever-changing environment, an increasingly digitised one for that matter. For Singapore to continue to excite and appeal, she has to constantly evolve to present new and engaging travel experiences. Y...

Singapore Zoo - Singapore City
Singapore Zoo If you are in Singapore, then you must visit with family or alone. Singapore Zoo, which was known as Singapore Zoological Gardens before, is a must visit spot. This beautiful zoo is generally recognized as the Mandai Zoo by the local people and it is spread across 28 hectares of land. This well-maintained zoo is situated on peripheries of Upper Seletar Reservoir within profoundly forested central catchment district of Singapore. Singapore Zoo was established by the Singapore government and opened for the public on 23 June in the year 1973. The Wildlife Reserves Singapore operates and looks after the Zoo in Singapore. This government-operated organization manages the adjacent Night Safari of Singapore. Jurong Bird...

Sentosa Island - Asia’s Favourite Playground - Singapore City
Sentosa Island - Asia’s Favourite Playground During my trip to Singapore , we spent one day to visit Sentosa Island. This was already in our trip plan. Located just 15 minutes from the city, Sentosa, Asia’s Favourite Playground, is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and luxurious residences. Spread over 500 hectares, the vibrant island resort is ideal for both business and leisure. In 2010, Sentosa welcomed Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World™ Sentosa, which operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park. Located on the tranquil eastern end of the island s...

Festivals and Events in Singapore - Singapore City
Festivals and Events in Singapore Since Singapore is a country which has many kinds of multi ethnic religious diversities there are many types of Festivals and Events in Singapore. The Festivals and Events in Singapore are held all the year round and it gives the perfect opportunity to the people to unite with each other. Some of the important Festivals and Events in Singapore are as follows: Chinese New Year: The festival of Chinese New Year is held at the start of every year and the Chinatown area of Singapore buzzes with many kinds of activities during the course of this festival. The majority of the Chinese population of Singapore head for this area and a lot of interesting goods are available in the market during this time. This is the best...

Singapore Lifestyle - Singapore City
Singapore Lifestyle Singapore Lifestyle encompasses the diverse aspects of the culture of Singapore and the ethos of its people. Singapore, which is an island country with the capital being Singapore City, boasts of several sightseeing attractions, departmental stores and shopping malls, restaurants and bars, glass and steel tempered buildings of multinational behemoths as well as domestic companies, beautiful roads, lovely residential areas, etc. All these are the result of superlative Singapore lifestyles and have been created for the city's inhabitants so as to be compatible with their lifestyles. Hence, Singapore lifestyles constitute a vast gamut of issues that throw light upon the social and ethnic milieu of Singapore. As Sin...