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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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Architecture of Singapore - Singapore City
Architecture of Singapore The architecture of Singapore is varied, reflecting the ethnic build-up of the country. Singapore has several ethnic neighbourhoods, including Chinatown and Little India. These were formed under the Raffles Plan to segregate the immigrants. Many places of worship were also constructed during the colonial era. Sri Mariamman Temple, the Masjid Jamae mosque and the Church of Gregory the Illuminator are among those that were built during the colonial period. Work is now underway to preserve these religious sites as National Monuments of Singapore. Due to the lack of space and lack of preservation policies during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, few historical buildings remain in the Central Business District (CBD) - the Ful...

Music of Singapore - Singapore City
Music of Singapore Singapore has a burgeoning, yet non-existent urban musical scene, and is a center for rock, punk and other popular genres in the region. Rock was popular in Singapore by the 1960s, and that decade produced bands like The Quests, who had hits like Shanty, Don't Play That Song, Jesamine and Mr Rainbow; as well as other pop-rock bands including The Thunderbirds, The Trailers, and October Cherries. Folk music includes the ethnic Chinese, Malay and Tamil sounds. The launch of the nation's premier arts centre, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, has served to focus the island's classical music making. It is now the venue for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra's subscription and gala concerts. In addition, the arts centre ...

Weather in Singapore - Singapore City
Weather in Singapore One of the best aspects of Singapore that makes it a popular destination in the world is its weather. Weather in Singapore has always been a pleasant entity of the city that attracts thousands of tourists from all across the globe. Singapore is located at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula and just 2 degrees north of the Equator. The country comprises of 63 small islets. The country is dotted with beautiful landscapes and natural surroundings all nurtured by Weather in Singapore. Climate in Singapore is influenced by the equator which lies just 2 degrees away from the location of the country. The land experiences a typical tropical climate making the environment neither very hot nor cold even. This type o...

Honeymoon in Singapore - Singapore City
Honeymoon in Singapore A honeymoon in Singapore is an experience of a lifetime that you will recall with passionate nostalgia when you relate facts about your Singapore honeymoon to your near and dear ones, years later. For, a honeymoon in Singapore means visits to the fascinating sightseeing hotspots of Singapore when you and your beloved embark on exciting excursions from Singapore. A honeymoon in Singapore away from the glare of friends and gossipy city slickers assume a different mood altogether when you and your spouse are both glued to each other, arm in arm, amidst the lovely environs of Sentosa Island, where the setting sun blesses you with its slanting orange and light red rays. Tourists are generally asked to wait on the S...

Wildlife in Singapore - Singapore City
Wildlife in Singapore Venturing into the Wildlife in Singapore is a great experience. Possibly this is the best way of exploring the country's flora and fauna. There is so much to see in Singapore. A lot of greenery encircles this island. A major portion of the greenery is occupied by the Wildlife in Singapore. Singapore is truly a country of natural splendor. There are several outstanding options for you to enjoy the Wildlife in Singapore. You can go to the Singapore Zoo, Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve Singapore, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Singapore, Jurong Bird Park Singapore, Underwater World Sentosa, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom Singapore. The Singapore Zoo is like an open-moat. It is a free-ranging zoo that comprises of an...