Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Asia  :  Singapore
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, lying 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator, south of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of Indonesia's Riau Islands. At 710.2 km2 (274.2 sq mi), Singapore, a microstate and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia, is by orders of magnitude larger than Monaco, San Marino, Andorra and Vatican City, the only other surviving sovereign city-states.

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 (PPP) per capita. In December 2008, the foreign exchange reserves of this small island nation stood at around US$174.2billion. Singapore is ranked as the tenth most expensive city in the world in which to live—the third in Asia, after Tokyo and Osaka.  Source

Singapore Facts

Population: 5 million

Capital: City Of Singapore

Currency: Singapore dollar

Area: 710.2 km2

Language: Chinese, Malay, English, Tamil

Main Religion: Buddhism / Taoism

Calling Code
: +65

Time Zone: GMT + 8

Main Cities: Singapore