Singapore

By: Deniz E 6th period

Introduction

Singapore is a very beautiful country. It's one of the best places to live in the world. Also, it's one of the world's leading financial centers. The port in Singapore is one of the world's busiest ports. Singapore stretches out 135 kilometers (85 miles). Singapore's 5.1 million people are very friendly and the environment itself is very friendly. With several beautiful attractions, Singapore is one of the most urbanized and pretty cities in the world. It is a wealthy city. Singapore is also a very clean city and there is no trash or anything on the ground. Singapore's wonderful climate also makes it a great place to visit. So come see the beautiful city of Singapore!

Slogan- Singapore, land where people come alive.

Geography and Climate

Singapore consists of 63 islands. The mainland is considered as Singapore Island. Most of Singapore is urbanized which means there are not many forests though Singapore was once made of rain forests. Singapore has a tropical rain forest climate since it's close to the equator. It doesn't have any distinctive seasons though. Temperature can range from 73 degrees F to 90 degrees F generally year-round. The hottest months are April and May. The wet monsoon season tends to be from November to January. Singapore also is not very humid. Overall, the geography and climate of Singapore is very great making it a place for a wonderful vacation!

People and Culture

Singapore's people are very friendly. The population of Singapore is about 5.1 million people. But only about 3.5 million of those people are actually citizens. Most people speak Chinese and they live in urban areas. Chinese is the first most common spoken language in Singapore and English is the second most common spoken language. Most people from Singapore are from the Chinese ethnic group (74 %) and some are from the Malay ethnic group (13 %).


The Singapore culture is basically a mix of the Chinese, British, India, and some Malay cultures. Since the British once ruled Singapore, some of the culture has come from Britain. Of course some of the culture comes from surrounding countries. This includes the thought of peace, equality, justice and more. Some of the major festivals are Chinese New Year and Buddhist Vesak Day.


The major religions in Singapore are Buddhism (33 %), Christianity (18%), and Islam (15%). Other religions in Singapore are Taoism and Confucianism. Since Singapore is a multi-religious country, there are many buildings and temples all around the city that can be visited. Buildings such as Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues are also located throughout the city. But also, a significant 17 percent of Singaporeans do not believe in any religion.


Government and Citizenship

The government of Singapore is simply defined as the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore. It is mainly run by the Executive Branch which includes the President and the Cabinet of Singapore. Luckly, Singapore is not a Communist country.


In Singapore, every citizen has the right to vote and you must be at least 21 years old to vote. Singapore has some equal rights. Education in Singapore is good and managed by the Ministry of education or the MOE. Education is also government funded. It also makes up about 20 percent of the annual national budget. The justice system in Singapore is mainly like the English common law and is based on it.

Economy

The economy of Singapore is very good. The economy is highly developed and very successful. It is a free-market economy. Singapore itself is a very wealthy country. Some of it's largest companies are Singapore Airlines, SingTel, ST Engineering, and Media Corp. The currency used in Singapore is called a Singapore Dollar. It's used in Singapore and also Brunei. Just like we can call the American Dollar a "buck", Singaporeans sometimes refer to the Singapore Dollar as a Sing.


Some of the major exports of Singapore are electronics, chemicals, and services. These exports provide much of the wealth of Singapore. Some of the main industries include electronics, chemicals, financial services, oil drilling products, and petroleum refining. Overall, to sum it all up, the Singaporean economy is very well.