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Singapore's modern history began in 1819, when British Sir Thomas Raffles established a trading post in the city. Due to its policy of free trade, Singapore attracted merchants from nearby countries in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.
By 1832, the island became the center of government of the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang, and Singapore.
In 1941, during the Second World War, the island was invaded by Japan until the end of the war in 1945. Singapore was then handed over to the British Military Administration, where it became a crown colony in 1946.
During the 50's, a sense of nationalism began to arise, leading to Singapore's first general elections and self-governance by 1959. In 1961, the island joined a merger with Malaysia, alongside Brunei and North Borneo. However, the union was unsuccessful and by 1963, Singapore separated and became a sovereign democratic nation.
Singapore is an island located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It consists of the main island and 60 other smaller islets. The Straits of Johor separates the main island to the north and the Singapore Strait separates it from the Riau Islands of Indonesia.
Singapore is highly urbanized and has very little vegetation. Its territory has continued to expand due to land reclamation.
Singapore is a parliamentary republic with a Westminster system unicameral parliamentary government. The President is elected through popular vote and mainly serves ceremonial duties, while the Prime Minister is head of government and practices executive power with the Cabinet of Singapore.
The legal system follows the English common law but with several local differences. Among them are the abolition of the Trial by Jury, and penalties in the form of corporal punishment such caning and the death penalty.
The tourism industry in Singapore is a major contributor to its economy. One of the most visited nations in the world, Singapore has an average total of 13 million international tourists a year. Offering the perfect mix of Asian and European cultures, Singapore is well-loved by travelers from all parts of the world.
One of the most popular and most visited tourist attractions of Singapore is the island of Sentosa. It is the home of the Universal Studios Singapore - the 2nd in Asia and the 1st in Southeast Asia. With plenty of state-of-the-art rides and 7 differently-themed zones that range from Sci Fi to Madagascar to Waterworld and Ancient Egypt, Universal Studios Singapore is one of the most popular attractions in the state.
Another renowned Singapore tourist attraction is the Marina Bay Sands - an integrated resort that features a hotel, a casino, a mall, a convention center, a museum, and the famous Gardens by the Sea.
And traveling to Singapore is never complete without visiting Orchard Road - Singapore's most famous street. Miles and miles of shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and the most luxurious hotels are found here, making it the ultimate shopping attraction in the state.
Other popular tourist attractions are the Singapore Flyer, the Singapore Zoo, the stalls and bazaars of Little India, and the Boat Quay and Clarke Quay.
Education spending in Singapore consists of 20% of the annual national budget. Under the Compulsory Education Act of 2000, all primary school kids are required to go to school and failure to enroll children is considered to be a criminal offense. Co-curricular activities are also compulsory for primary school levels, as well as in secondary school.
A large number of international schools are also found in the city state due to its large expatriate community, where English is the main language of instruction.
- Attempting suicide in Singapore is illegal and one could face jail time if found guilty.
- Singapore is the 2nd densest sovereign state, the 20th smallest country, and the 6th wealthiest in the world.
- According to the British Council, Singaporeans are the world's fastest walkers - with the average walking capacity of 6.15km per hour.
Last Updated : December 30, 2014