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Singapore

Background

Singapore

Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated 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 of Western Europe.

About

Singapore (新加坡) is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and sports the world's busiest port. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.

Read more about Singapore in our Singapore travel guide »

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SingaporeThe Fullerton Bay Hotel 

80 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049326
Singapore

Price (US$): $445 - $526 / night

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Location. Located in central Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel is within walking distance of Merlion, Raffles Place, and Asian Civilisations Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Chinatown Heritage Center and Esplanade Theatres. Hotel Features. Dining options at The Fullerton Bay Hotel include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a… more »

SingaporeFour Seasons Hotel Singapore 

190 Orchard Boulevard
Singapore 248646
Singapore

Price (US$): $364 - $890 / night

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Location. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is a business friendly hotel located in Singapore's Orchard Road neighborhood, close to ION Orchard, National Orchid Garden, and Chinatown Heritage Center. Additional points of interest include Haji Lane and Orchard Road. Hotel Features. Dining options at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include outdoor tennis courts, indoor tennis courts… more »

SingaporeFairmont Singapore 

80 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189560
Singapore

Price (US$): $283 - $421 / night

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Location. Located in central Singapore, Fairmont Singapore is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Raffles City and Suntec Singapore. Additional points of interest include Singapore City Hall and Singapore Parliament House. Hotel Features. Fairmont Singapore features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. The property's full service… more »

SingaporeSingapore Marriott Hotel 

320 Orchard Road
Singapore 238865
Singapore

Price (US$): $364 - $526 / night

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Location. Singapore Marriott Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in Singapore's Orchard Road neighborhood, close to ION Orchard, National Orchid Garden, and Chinatown Heritage Center. Additional points of interest include Haji Lane and Orchard Road. Hotel Features. Dining options at Singapore Marriott Hotel include a coffee shop/cafĂ© and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts… more »

SingaporeHotel Fort Canning 

11 Canning Walk
Singapore 178881
Singapore

Price (US$): $323 - $477 / night

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Location. Located in central Singapore, Hotel Fort Canning is within walking distance of Park Mall and National Museum of Singapore. Nearby points of interest also include Peranakan Museum and Orchard Road. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Fort Canning include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include a children's pool and a fitness facility. There is a full service health spa on site. This 4.5 star property offers small meeting rooms, technology… more »

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Singapore

Full name
Republic of Singapore
Capital
Singapur
Location

Southeastern Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia

Geographic coordinates

1 22 N, 103 48 E

Area comparative

slightly more than 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

193 km

Climate

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

Terrain

lowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve

Lowest point

Singapore Strait 0 m

Highest point

Bukit Timah 166 m

Natural resources

fish, deepwater ports

Population

4,701,069 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Chinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4% (2000 census)

Religions

Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, other Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%, none 14.8% (2000 census)

Languages

Mandarin (official) 35%, English (official) 23%, Malay (official) 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil (official) 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9% (2000 census)

Government type

parliamentary republic

Independence

9 August 1965 (from Malaysian Federation)

National holiday

National Day, 9 August (1965)

Chief of state

President S R NATHAN (since 1 September 1999)

Head of government

Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong (since 12 August 2004); Senior Minister GOH Chok Tong (since 12 August 2004); Senior Minister Shunmugam JAYAKUMAR (since 1 April 2009); Minister Mentor LEE Kuan Yew (since 12 August 2004); Deputy Prime Minister TEO Chee Huan (since 1 April 2009) and Deputy Prime Minister WONG Kan Seng (since 1 September 2005)

Internet country code

.sg

Internet users

3.235 million (2009)

Airports

8 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Singapore

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