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At a Glance

Country name: Republic of Singapore

Capital: Singapore

Location: An island and islets in the heart of Southeast Asia, between Malaysia and Indonesia

Area: 712.4 sq km Highest point: Bukit Timah Hill at 163.36m

Climate: Tropical. It’s hot and sunny all year, with two monsoon seasons (December to March and June to September) bringing heavy rains

Government: Parliamentary republic

Gross Domestic Product: S$326,832.4 million (Statistics Singapore, 2011)

Major industries: Electronics, chemicals, financial services, oil drilling equipment, petroleum refining, rubber processing and products, processed food and beverages, ship repair, offshore platform construction, life sciences, entrepot trade

Currency: Singapore Dollar

Population: 5,183,700 (Statistics Singapore, 2011)

Median age: 38 years

Life expectancy: 81.8 years

Population growth rate: 2.1%

Ethnic groups: Chinese 74.1%, Malay 13.4%, Indian 9.2%, Other races 3.3%

Language: Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English are the 4 official languages in Singapore. The national language shall be the Malay language and shall be in the Roman script. Religions: Buddhism 33.3%, Islam 14.7%, Christianity 11.3%, Taoism 10.9%, Catholicism 7.1%, Hinduism 5.1%, other religions 0.7%, none 16.9% (Statistics Singapore, Census of Population 2010)

Literacy: 96.1% of the population above 15 years of age can read and write

Communications: Excellent facilities and services, including 3G wireless service launched in 2005, and a 104.2% household broadband penetration rate (Infocomm Development Authority, February 2012 )

Mobile phone penetration: 148.9% (February 2012)

International country code: +65

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