Population: There are 5.3million people on our island, of which 60.5% are citizens and 10% are permanent residents. Population density stands at 7600 per square meter
Demographics: 74.2% Chinese, 13.3% Malay, 19.2% Indian, Other races
Life expectancy: 82. Yes, given the advanced healthcare system in Singapore, we live long lives. It is common for people from neighbouring countries to come to Singapore for medical services too.
Languages: English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil. The medium of instruction in schools is English. Students also take a second language, usually their mother tongue.
Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Taoism, others. You are free to choose your religion here!
Location: Latitudes 1o09’N, 1o29’N, longitudes 103o
Land area: 723 square kilometres over 63 islands. Of this land, about 150 square kilometres is reclaimed land. The main Singapore island is 50km wide from east to west, and 26km from north to south. The other larger islands which are developed and used include Sentosa, Jurong island, Pulau (meaning island in Malay) Tekong and Pulau Ubin.
Climate: Hot, humid and wet. Temperature ranges between 23°C (73.4°F) and 34°C (93.2°F) with the monsoon seasons being around June-August and November-January. The warmest period is in May. Dress lightly. An umbrella would do you good in both sun and rain.
Independence day: 9 August 1965
National anthem: Majulah Singapura (meaning Onward Singapore in Malay)
Flag: Red and white, with a crescent and five stars. Red represents universal brotherhood and equality and white stands for purity and virtue. The crescent symbolises a young nation while the five stars represent peace, progress, democracy, justice and equality.
Government: Parliamentary republic (President: Tony Tan, Prime minister: Lee Hsien Loong)
GDP per capita: USD 56,000
Major industries: Electronics, manufacturing, banking, tourism, education
Dialing code: +65