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A Malay trading port known as Temasek existed on the island of Singapore by the 14th century. The settlement changed hands several times in the ensuing centuries and was eventually burned in the 17th century and fell into obscurity.

The British founded modern Singapore as a trading colony on the site in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but was ousted 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.

  • Marina Bay Sands;
  • Gardens by the Bay;
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens;
  • Singapore Zoo;
  • Orchard Road;
  • Singapore Flyer;
  • Jurong Bird Park;
  • Raffles Hotel;
  • Tooth Relic Temple;
  • National Orchid Gardens
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    UTC +8
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    719 Km2
  • Population
    5 975 383 (2023 est.)
  • Main Languages
    English, Mandarin
  • Currency
    Singapore dollars (SGD)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 106000
  • Airports

    Tropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct monsoon seasons

    Chinese 74.2%, Malay 13.7%, Indian 8.9%, other 3.2% (2021 est.)

    Do not be surprised if gifts are initially refused. It is common to turn down a gift out of modesty up to three times.

    Hainanese Chicken Rice — boiled chicken tossed in chili-ginger-garlic-soy sauce on high heat and served with rice boiled in coconut milk

    High-income, service-based Southeast Asian economy; renowned for financial markets and Asian Infrastructure Exchange; business-driven regulations; low unemployment; electronics, oil, and chemicals exporter; continuing education investment

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