Singapore Country Guide
GMT + 8.
697.1 sq km (269 sq miles).
4.6 actor (official amount 2007).
6,584 per sq km.
Singapore City State. Population: 4.6 actor (2007).
The island of Singapore is anchored off the southern acme of the Malay Peninsula, to which it is abutting by causeways accustomed road, railway and baptize pipe. The Johor Strait amid the island and the Malaysian acreage is about 1km (0.8 miles) wide. The Republic of Singapore consists of 63 islands and islets. It is a mainly collapsed country with low hills, the accomplished actuality Bukit Timah at 163m (545ft). In the northeast of the island, and in the burghal district, ample areas accept been reclaimed, and abundant of the aboriginal boscage and swamp accoutrement the below areas has been cleared.
Republic. Gained abounding ability in 1965.
Head of State
President S R Nathan back 1999, re-elected in 2005.
Head of Government
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong back 2004.
In both January 1997 and September 2001, action parties absitively to challenge alone a baby admeasurement (about one-third) of the 83 seats. Unsurprisingly, the People's Action Party (PAP) won both acclamation comfortably. Goh was broadly accepted to angle bottomward in favour of Lee Junior assuredly accomplishing so in August 2004. In September 2005, S R Nathan began his additional six-year appellation as President of Singapore. He won the acclamation afterwards the added contenders were butterfingers for not affair the austere alternative criteria. Singapore staged the aerial contour IMF/World Bank affair in 2006, and its aboriginal F1 Grand Prix in 2008.
Mandarin Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and allege English, which is acclimated as the capital accent of communication.
Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim.
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plug accessories of the three-pin aboveboard blazon are in use. Many hotels accept 110-volt outlets.
Social Conventions Handshaking is the accepted anatomy of greeting, behindhand of race. Social courtesies are generally adequately formal. When arrive to a clandestine home or entering a temple or mosque, abolish your shoes. For clandestine visits, a allowance is accepted and, if on business, a aggregation gift is appropriate. Dress is informal. Most capital restaurants and some auberge dining apartment apprehend men to abrasion a anorak and tie in the evenings; a acute actualization is accepted for business meetings. Evening dress for bounded men and women is unusual. Each of the assorted ancestral groups in Singapore has retained its own cultural and religious character while developing as an basic allotment of the Singapore community.