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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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SingaporeMarina Bay Sands 

10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956
Singapore

Price (US$): $387 - $630 / night

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Location. Marina Bay Sands is a business friendly hotel located in Singapore's Central Business District neighborhood, close to ArtScience Museum, Raffles Place, and Chinatown Heritage Center. Additional points of interest include Haji Lane and Gardens by the Bay. Hotel Features. Dining options at Marina Bay Sands include 13 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a health club and a children's club. This 5 star… more »

SingaporeNaumi 

41 Seah Street
Singapore 188396
Singapore

Price (US$): $261 - $310 / night

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Location. Located in Singapore, Naumi is in the business district and close to CHIJMES, Haji Lane, and Raffles City. Nearby points of interest also include Esplanade Theatres and Peranakan Museum. Hotel Features. Naumi features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This 4.5 star property offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and business services. Complimentary wireless… more »

SingaporeAmara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa 

1 Larkhill Road
Sentosa Island
Singapore 099394
Singapore

Price (US$): $210 - $638 / night

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Location. Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is located near the beach in Singapore's Sentosa Island neighborhood and close to Palawan Beach, Universal Studios Singapore, and Chinatown Heritage Center. Nearby points of interest also include Thian Hock Keng Temple and Raffles Place. Hotel Features. Dining options at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa include 2 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include… more »

SingaporePan Pacific Orchard 

10 Claymore Road
Singapore 229540
Singapore

Price (US$): $186 - $299 / night

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Location. Pan Pacific Orchard is a business friendly hotel located in Singapore's Orchard Road neighborhood, close to DFS Galleria Singapore, National Orchid Garden, and Chinatown Heritage Center. Additional points of interest include Haji Lane and Orchard Road. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has beauty services. This 4.5 star property offers secretarial services and… more »

SingaporeAscott Raffles Place Singapore 

No 2 Finlayson Green
Singapore 049247
Singapore

Price (US$): $283 - $284 / night

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Location. Located in central Singapore, Ascott Raffles Place Singapore is within walking distance of Raffles Place and Thian Hock Keng Temple. Nearby points of interest also include Chinatown Heritage Center and Asian Civilisations Museum. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This 4.5 star property offers small meeting rooms and limo/town car service. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property… 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

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