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Singapore is located at one of the crossroads of the world, its’ strategic location has helped it grow into a major centre for trade, communications and tourism. Its geographical location is 136.8km north of the equator, between latitudes 103 degrees 38’E and 104 degrees 06’E. The main island is about 42 km from west to east and 23 km from north to south. Singapore cityscape looks magnificent, particularly at night when buildings are brilliantly lit. Offshore, there appears to be another city lit up as many ships anchored there. Singapore is also one of the busiest seaports in the world.
It is situated at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula and the key islands of the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia are just a quick ferry trip away. Singapore, with an airport served by more than 69 airlines, which is very much for the gateway to Southeast Asia.
Singapore is generally hot and humid. The island is warm and humid all year round, with the maximum temperature of 31 degrees Celsius during the day and minimum of 23 degrees Celsius. For those who enjoy the sun and beach, Singapore is one of the ideal places for beach lovers, as you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming and other water sports. But for those do not enjoy the tropical climate; Singapore is sheltered from the sun and rain with air conditioning in most buildings, shops, restaurants, hotels and office buildings.
November to January is the rainy season, which showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing, so remember to bring your umbrella.
Singapore is a cosmopolitan city which people live harmoniously and unity in diversity is the philosophy of this city. Geography has played a part in the success of Singapore, but its chief support is its people. Although Singapore lack of natural resources, its strength is its hardworking, adaptable and resilient population.
Singapore has a population of almost four million comprises 76.8% Chinese, 13.9% Malays, 7.9% Indians and 1% Eurasians and people of other descent. The original inhabitants were Malay fishermen, but after the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles and the establishment of a British trading post, Singapore had attracted a lot of migrants and merchants. They came from the southern provinces of China, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Ceylon and the Middle East, to seek for a better life. Inter-marriages have taken place over the years, but each racial group within Singapore has retained its own cultural identity while developing as an integral part of Singapore community.
Language and Religion
The four official languages in Singapore are Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. English is the language of business and administration, and is widely spoken and understood. Most Singaporeans are bilingual, and speak their mother tongue as well as English. The national language of Singapore is Malay.
Singapore is a multi-religious country which has more than 40% of Singaporeans profess adherence to Buddhism. There is no clear distinction between Taoism and Buddhism, thus there is a large percentage. Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and ancestral worship are merged into one religion by most of the Chinese population. Most Muslims are Malay. Christianity in Singapore consists of Roman Catholicism and various Protestant denominations, and comprises approximately 14% of the population. Other religions include Sikhism and Hinduism followed mainly by those of Indian descent.
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