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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: Money & Costs - Singapore City
Singapore: Money & Costs Cash is usually necessary for the payment of small items such as meals in hawker centres, food courts and bars, and for buying items from street vendors. Travellers cheques are popular and are a fail-safe fall-back; it is a good idea to always have some travellers cheques, otherwise plastic is still a viable option for most travellers. All major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are common place in the city, with most accepting Visa, MasterCard and cards with Plus or Cirrus. Currency of Singapore is Singapore Dollar and symbolized as 'S$'. Changing Your Money - Banks can be found all over Singapore. Exchange rates tend to vary from bank to bank and some even have a service charge on each exchange transacti...

Singapore History Museum - Singapore City
Singapore History Museum The history of the Singapore History Museum is itself very interesting. The story begins with the opening of the Raffles Library and Museum in the year 1887. In the year 1960, the museum and the library were separated and eventually in the year 1965, its name was also changed to National Museum. The Singapore History Museum was housed in the National Museum building from the year 1993. Ten years later, Rivertales Exhibition was held at Riverside point with the objective of redeveloping the museum. A year later, foundation was laid for what would now be known as the Singapore National Museum. Finally in the year 2006, the National Museum of Singapore was inaugurated and the Singapore History Museum at Riverside Poi...

Botanical Gardens in Singapore - Singapore City
Botanical Gardens in Singapore Botanical Gardens in Singapore witness a huge footfall everyday. It is a beautiful garden displaying the fascinating variety and range of the amazing plant kingdom found in Singapore. A total of 52-hectare land encompasses the whole Botanical Gardens in Singapore. It is considered to be one of the largest botanical reserves of Singapore. This garden is the abode of more than 600,000 specimens of flora and gives you comprehensive information on plants in various surroundings. You will surely be delighted to see the wonderful miscellany of vegetation and foliage of Botanic Gardens in Singapore. Sir Stamford Raffles established the Botanical Gardens in Singapore in the year 1822. Due to fiscal causes, this garden had...

Singapore is a Multi Religious Country - Singapore City
Singapore is a Multi Religious Country Singapore is a multi-religious country due to its diverse ethnic mix of peoples originating from various countries. Most of the key religious denominations are represented in Singapore and religious tolerance is promoted by the government. The largest religion is Buddhism, with 42.5% of the resident population declaring themselves as adherents at the last census. Most, but not all, Malays are adherents of Islam with a substantial community of Indian Muslims. Tolerance Religious tolerance is essential in Singapore. From colonial times up to the independence of the island state, racial and religious harmony have been the top priority of the governing institutions. The government has to some extent successfully...

Jungle Trekking in Singapore - Singapore City
Jungle Trekking in Singapore A diverse city-state full of endless options for activities, Singapore never ceases to amaze and entertain its people and guests. From shopping, scuba diving, festivals and jungle trekking, Singapore has it all. Jungle Trekking in Singapore, one of the many options for adventure and recreation here is done in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore. Singapore is one of the two cities of the world that consists of rainforests within its boundaries. And it is here; through these wild jungle paths that one has exciting and thrilling opportunity to do jungle trekking. On a trip of jungle trekking in Singapore through well-marked paths, one comes across beautiful and exotic birds, butterflies, monkeys, squirrels, fl...