SINGAPORE INFO AT A GLANCE
Singapore is a Southeast Asian island city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres north of the equator. It is an island country, consisting of 63 islands and it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia`s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to its south. It is one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region, covering land area of about 710 square kilometers.
Starting from a humble fishing village, inhabited by an indigenous settlement, Singapore is today a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with her landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens. The country is highly urbanized with very little primary rainforest remaining, although more land is being created for development through land reclamation.
For a tiny island city-state, Singapore packs a multitude of communities, Indian, Chinese and Malay, as it has long been a place where Asia converges to do business. The heady mix of cultures shows everywhere from its markets to its temples, its ethnic quarter – and above all in the famous cuisine.