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Singapore
Singapore
(/ˈsɪŋ(ɡ)əpɔːr/ ( listen)), officially the Republic
Republic
of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands
Riau Islands
to the south and Peninsular Malaysia
Peninsular Malaysia
to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles). Stamford Raffles
Stamford Raffles
founded colonial Singapore
Singapore
in 1819 as a trading post of the British East India
India
Company; after the latter's collapse in 1858, the islands were ceded to the British Raj
British Raj
as a crown colony. During the Second World War, Singapore
Singapore
was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but separated two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign nation in 1965. After early years of turbulence and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its workforce. Singapore
Singapore
is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: the most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), third-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre and the second-busiest container port. The country has also been identified as a tax haven. Singapore
Singapore
ranks 5th on the UN Human Development Index
Human Development Index
and the 3rd highest GDP per capita. It is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety and housing. Although income inequality is high, 90% of homes are owner-occupied. 38% of Singapore's 5.6 million residents are permanent residents and other foreign nationals. There are four official languages: English (common and first language), Malay, Mandarin and Tamil; almost all Singaporeans
Singaporeans
are bilingual. Singapore
Singapore
is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic, with a Westminster system
Westminster system
of unicameral parliamentary government. The People's Action Party
People's Action Party
has won every election since self-government in 1959. The dominance of the PAP, coupled with a low level of press freedom and restrictions on civil liberties and political rights, has led to Singapore
Singapore
being classified by some as a flawed democracy. One of the five founding members of ASEAN, Singapore
Singapore
is also the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) Secretariat and a member of the East Asia
Asia
Summit, Non-Aligned Movement
Non-Aligned Movement
and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Ancient Singapore 2.2 British colonisation 2.3 World War II 2.4 Post-war period 2.5 Campaign for merger 2.6 Singapore
Singapore
with Malaysia 2.7 Republic
Republic
of Singapore

3 Government and politics

3.1 Foreign relations 3.2 Military

4 Geography

4.1 Nature 4.2 Climate

5 Economy

5.1 Employment 5.2 Industry sectors

6 Infrastructure

6.1 Information and communications 6.2 Transport 6.3 Water supply and sanitation

7 Demographics

7.1 Religion 7.2 Languages

8 Education 9 Health 10 Culture

10.1 Cuisine 10.2 Arts 10.3 Sport and recreation 10.4 Media

11 See also 12 References 13 External links

Etymology Main article: Names of Singapore The English name of Singapore
Singapore
is an anglicisation of the native Malay name for the country, Singapura, which was in turn derived from Sanskrit[7] (सिंहपुर, IAST: Siṃhapura; siṃha is "lion", pura is "town" or "city"), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion
Lion
City, and its inclusion in many of the nation's symbols (e.g., its coat of arms, Merlion
Merlion
emblem). However, it is unlikely that lions ever lived on the island; Sang Nila Utama, the Srivijayan prince said to have founded and named the island Singapura, perhaps saw a Malayan tiger. There are however other suggestions for the origin of the name and scholars do not believe that the origin of the name to be firmly established.[8][9] The central island has also been called Pulau Ujong
Pulau Ujong
as far back as the third century CE, literally "island at the end" (of the Malay Peninsula) in Malay.[10][11] Singapore
Singapore
is also referred to as Garden City for its tree-lined streets and greening efforts since independence,[12][13] and the Little Red Dot
Little Red Dot
for how the island-nation is depicted on many maps of the world and Asia, as a red dot.[14][15][16] History Main article: History of Singapore Ancient Singapore

A fragment of the Singapore Stone
Singapore Stone
monolith with the earliest writing found on the island, at "Rocky Point" at the mouth of Singapore
Singapore
River, inscribed with an Indic script, c. 10th to 13th century[17]

The Greco-Roman astronomer Ptolemy
Ptolemy
(90–168) identified a place called Sabana in the general area in the second century,[18] and the earliest written record of Singapore
Singapore
occurs in a Chinese account from the third century, describing the island of Pu Luo Chung (蒲 罗 中). This was itself a transliteration from the Malay name "Pulau Ujong", or "island at the end" (of the Malay Peninsula).[19] The Nagarakretagama, a Javanese epic poem written in 1365, referred to a settlement on the island called Tumasik (possibly meaning "Sea Town").[20] In 1299, according to the Malay Annals, the Kingdom of Singapura was founded on the island by Sang Nila Utama.[21] Although the historicity of the accounts as given in the Malay Annals is the subject of academic debates,[22] it is nevertheless known from various documents that Singapore
Singapore
in the 14th century, then known as Temasek, was a trading port under the influence of both the Majapahit
Majapahit
Empire and the Siamese kingdoms[23] inside Indosphere[24][25][26][27] of Greater India.[28][29][30][29] These Indianized Kingdoms, a term coined by George Cœdès were characterized by surprising resilience, political integrity and administrative stability.[31] Historical sources also indicate that around the end of the 14th century, its ruler Parameswara was attacked by either the Majapahit
Majapahit
or the Siamese, forcing him to move on to Melaka
Melaka
where he founded the Sultanate
Sultanate
of Malacca.[32] Archaeological evidence suggests that the main settlement on Fort Canning
Fort Canning
was abandoned around this time, although a small trading settlement continued in Singapore
Singapore
for some time afterwards.[8] In 1613, Portuguese raiders burned down the settlement, and the island faded into obscurity for the next two centuries.[33] By then Singapore was nominally part of the Johor Sultanate.[34] The wider maritime region and much trade was under Dutch control for the following period. British colonisation Main articles: Founding of modern Singapore
Founding of modern Singapore
and Singapore
Singapore
in the Straits Settlements

1825 survey map. Singapore's free port trade was at Singapore
Singapore
River for 150 years. Fort Canning
Fort Canning
hill (centre) was home to its ancient and early colonial rulers.

Raffles arrived in Singapore
Singapore
on 28 January 1819 and soon recognised the island as a natural choice for the new port. The island was then nominally ruled by the Sultan of Johor, who was controlled by the Dutch and the Bugis. However, the Sultanate
Sultanate
was weakened by factional division and Tengku Abdu'r Rahman and his officials were loyal to Tengku Rahman's elder brother Tengku Long who was living in exile in Riau. With the Temenggong's help, Raffles managed to smuggle Tengku Long back into Singapore. He offered to recognize Tengku Long as the rightful Sultan of Johor, given the title of Sultan Hussein and provide him with a yearly payment of $5000 and $3000 to the Temenggong; in return, Sultan Hussein would grant the British the right to establish a trading post on Singapore.[35] A formal treaty was signed on 6 February 1819 and modern Singapore
Singapore
was born.[36][37]

Sir Stamford Raffles's statue at the Singapore River
Singapore River
spot where he first landed

In 1824, the entire island as well as the Temenggong became a British possession after a further treaty with the Sultan.[38] In 1826, Singapore
Singapore
became part of the Straits Settlements, under the jurisdiction of British India, becoming the regional capital in 1836.[39] Prior to Raffles' arrival, there were only about a thousand people living on the island, mostly indigenous Malays along with a handful of Chinese.[40] By 1860 the population had swelled to over 80,000, more than half being Chinese.[38] Many of these early immigrants came to work on the pepper and gambier plantations.[41] Later, in the 1890s, when the rubber industry also became established in Malaya and Singapore,[42] the island became a global centre for rubber sorting and export.[38] Singapore
Singapore
was not much affected by First World
First World
War (1914–18), as the conflict did not spread to Southeast Asia. The only significant event during the war was a mutiny by the Muslim
Muslim
sepoys from British India who were garrisoned in Singapore, which occurred in 1915. After hearing rumours that they were to be sent off to fight the Ottoman Empire, which was a Muslim
Muslim
state, the soldiers rebelled. They killed their officers and several British civilians before the mutiny was suppressed by non- Muslim
Muslim
troops arriving from Johore
Johore
and Burma.

Raffles Hotel was established in 1887

After the First World
First World
War, the British built the large Singapore
Singapore
Naval Base as part of the defensive Singapore
Singapore
strategy. Originally announced in 1923, the construction of the base proceeded slowly until the Japanese invasion of Manchuria
Japanese invasion of Manchuria
in 1931. When completed in 1939, at the very large cost of $500 million, it boasted what was then the largest dry dock in the world, the third-largest floating dock, and having enough fuel tanks to support the entire British navy for six months. It was defended by heavy 15-inch naval guns stationed at Fort Siloso, Fort Canning
Fort Canning
and Labrador, as well as a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
airfield at Tengah Air Base. Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
touted it as the " Gibraltar
Gibraltar
of the East" and military discussions often referred to the base as simply "East of Suez". Unfortunately, it was a base without a fleet. The British Home Fleet
British Home Fleet
was stationed in Europe, and the British could not afford to build a second fleet to protect its interests in Asia. The plan was for the Home Fleet to sail quickly to Singapore
Singapore
in the event of an emergency. However, after World War II
World War II
broke out in 1939, the fleet was fully occupied with defending Britain.[43] World War II Main article: Japanese occupation of Singapore

Singapore
Singapore
Naval Base, completed in 1938

During the Second World War, the Imperial Japanese Army
Imperial Japanese Army
invaded British Malaya, culminating in the Battle of Singapore. When the British force of 60,000 troops surrendered on 15 February 1942, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
called the defeat "the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history.[44] British losses during the fighting for Singapore
Singapore
were heavy, with a total of nearly 85,000 personnel captured, in addition to losses during the earlier fighting in Malaya.[45] About 5,000 were killed or wounded,[46] of which Australians made up the majority.[47] Japanese casualties during the fighting in Singapore
Singapore
amounted to 1,714 killed and 3,378 wounded.[45][Note 1] The occupation was to become a major turning point in the histories of several nations, including those of Japan, Britain, and the then-colonial state of Singapore. Japanese newspapers triumphantly declared the victory as deciding the general situation of the war.[48] Singapore
Singapore
was renamed Syonan-to (昭南島, Shōnan-tō), meaning "Light of the South".[49][50] Between 5,000 and 25,000 ethnic Chinese people
Chinese people
were killed in the subsequent Sook Ching massacre.[51] British forces had planned to liberate Singapore
Singapore
in 1945; however, the war ended before these operations could be carried out. It was subsequently re-occupied by British, Indian and Australian forces following the Japanese surrender
Japanese surrender
in September.[52] Meanwhile, Tomoyuki Yamashita was tried by a US military commission for war crimes, but not for crimes committed by his troops in Malaya or Singapore. He was convicted and hanged in the Philippines
Philippines
on 23 February 1946.[53] Post-war period Main articles: Operation Tiderace
Operation Tiderace
and Post-war Singapore

British evacuation in 1945 after the Japanese surrender. Kallang Airport's control tower near the city has been conserved.

After the Japanese surrender
Japanese surrender
to the Allies on 15 August 1945, Singapore
Singapore
fell into a brief state of violence and disorder; looting and revenge-killing were widespread. British troops led by Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander for Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
Command, returned to Singapore
Singapore
to receive formal surrender of the Japanese forces in the region from General Itagaki Seishiro
Itagaki Seishiro
on behalf of General Hisaichi Terauchi
Hisaichi Terauchi
on 12 September 1945, and a British Military Administration was formed to govern the island until March 1946. Much of the infrastructure had been destroyed during the war, including harbor facilities at the Port of Singapore. There was also a shortage of food leading to malnutrition, disease, and rampant crime and violence. High food prices, unemployment, and workers' discontent culminated into a series of strikes in 1947 causing massive stoppages in public transport and other services. By late 1947, the economy began to recover, facilitated by a growing demand for tin and rubber around the world, but it would take several more years before the economy returned to pre-war levels.[54] The failure of Britain to successfully defend Singapore
Singapore
had destroyed its credibility as infallible ruler in the eyes of Singaporeans. The decades after the war saw a political awakening amongst the local populace and the rise of anti-colonial and nationalist sentiments, epitomized by the slogan Merdeka, or "independence" in the Malay language. The British, on their part, were prepared to gradually increase self-governance for Singapore
Singapore
and Malaya.[54] On 1 April 1946, the Straits Settlements was dissolved and Singapore
Singapore
became a separate Crown Colony with a civil administration headed by a Governor. In July 1947, separate Executive and Legislative Councils were established and the election of six members of the Legislative Council was scheduled in the following year.[55]

David Marshall was Singapore's 1st Chief Minister, but resigned a year later.

During the 1950s, Chinese communists with strong ties to the trade unions and Chinese schools waged a guerrilla war against the government, leading to the Malayan Emergency. The 1954 National Service Riots, Chinese middle schools riots, and Hock Lee bus riots
Hock Lee bus riots
in Singapore
Singapore
were all linked to these events.[56] David Marshall, pro-independence leader of the Labour Front, won Singapore's first general election in 1955. He led a delegation to London, but Britain rejected his demand for complete self-rule. He resigned and was replaced by Lim Yew Hock
Lim Yew Hock
in 1956, whose policies convinced Britain to grant Singapore
Singapore
full internal self-government for all matters except defence and foreign affairs.[57] During the May 1959 elections, the People's Action Party
People's Action Party
won a landslide victory. Singapore
Singapore
became an internally self-governing state within the Commonwealth, with Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew
as its first Prime Minister.[58] As a result, the 1959 general elections were the first after full internal self-government was granted by the British authorities. Singapore
Singapore
was not yet fully independent, as the British still controlled external affairs such as the military and foreign relations. However, Singapore
Singapore
was now a recognised state. Governor Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode served as the first Yang di-Pertuan Negara (Head of State), and was succeeded by Yusof bin Ishak.[59] Campaign for merger

The founding father of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew
declaring the formation of the Federation of Malaysia
Malaysia
on 16 September 1963 in Singapore, with Sabah and Sarawak also celebrating along.

Despite their successes in governing Singapore, the PAP leaders believed that Singapore's future lay with Malaya due to strong ties between the two nations. It was thought that the merger would benefit the economy by creating a common market which will support new industries, thus solving the ongoing unemployment woes in Singapore. However, a sizable pro-communist wing of the PAP were strongly opposed to the merger, fearing a loss of influence[citation needed]. This is because the ruling party of Malaya, United Malays National Organisation, was staunchly anti-communist and would support the non-communist faction of PAP against them. UMNO, who were initially skeptical of the idea of a merger as they distrust the PAP government and were concerned that the large Chinese population in Singapore would alter the racial balance on which their political power base depended, changed their minds about the merger after being afraid of being taken over by pro-communists. On 27 May, Malaya's Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, mooted the idea of a Federation of Malaysia, comprising existing Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Brunei and the British Borneo territories of North Borneo and Sarawak.[60] The UMNO leaders believed that the additional Malay population in the Borneo territories would offset Singapore's Chinese population.[57] The British government, for its part, believed that the merger would prevent Singapore
Singapore
from becoming a haven for communism.[61] Singapore
Singapore
with Malaysia Main article: Singapore
Singapore
in Malaysia See also: Independence of Singapore
Singapore
Agreement 1965

Lee Kuan Yew

Tunku Abdul Rahman

Left: Lee Kuan Yew, the then Prime Minister of Singapore. Right: Tunku Adul Rahman, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia.

As a result of the 1962 Merger Referendum, on 16 September 1963 Singapore
Singapore
joined with the Federation of Malaya, the Crown Colony of Sarawak and the Crown Colony of North Borneo
Crown Colony of North Borneo
to form the new federation of Malaysia
Malaysia
under the terms of the Malaysia
Malaysia
Agreement. Given Singapore's limited size and lack of natural resources, it was felt integrating with Malaya would provide a route to stronger economic development. The merger would also give the PAP legitimacy, and remove the threat of communist government over Singapore.[62] However, shortly after the merger, the Singapore
Singapore
state government and the Malaysian central government disagreed on many political and economic issues, and communal strife culminated in the 1964 race riots in Singapore.

A symbol of Singapore, the Merlion
Merlion
was created in 1964

On 10 March 1965, a bomb planted by Indonesian saboteurs on a mezzanine floor of MacDonald House exploded, killing three people and injuring 33 others. It was the deadliest of at least 42 bomb incidents which occurred during the confrontation.[63] Two members of the Indonesian Marine Corps, Osman bin Haji Mohamed Ali and Harun bin Said, were eventually convicted and executed for the crime.[64] The MacDonald House suffered $250,000 bomb damage.[65][66] There were many heated ideological conflicts between the two governments, even on the economic front. Despite an earlier agreement to establish a common market, Singapore
Singapore
continued to face restrictions when trading with the rest of Malaysia. In retaliation, Singapore
Singapore
did not extend to Sabah and Sarawak the full extent of the loans agreed to for economic development of the two eastern states. The situation escalated to such an intensity that talks soon broke down and abusive speeches and writing became rife on both sides. Because of this, on 7 August 1965, the then Malaysian Prime Minister
Malaysian Prime Minister
Tunku Abdul Rahman, seeing no alternative to avoid further bloodshed, advised the Parliament of Malaysia
Malaysia
that it should vote to expel Singapore
Singapore
from Malaysia.[67] On 9 August 1965, the Malaysian Parliament voted 126 to 0 (with Singaporean
Singaporean
delegates not present) to move a bill to amend the constitution providing for Singapore
Singapore
to separate from the Federation of Malaysia.[68][69][57][70] Republic
Republic
of Singapore

Financial district (background) 2010

Singapore
Singapore
gained independence as the Republic
Republic
of Singapore
Singapore
(remaining within the Commonwealth of Nations) on 9 August 1965 with Lee Kuan Yew as the prime minister and Yusof bin Ishak
Yusof bin Ishak
as the president. Race riots broke out once more in 1969.[71] In 1967, the country co-founded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN).[72] Lee Kuan Yew became Prime Minister, and the country progressed to a First World country. Lee Kuan Yew's emphasis on rapid economic growth, support for business entrepreneurship, and limitations on internal democracy shaped Singapore's policies for the next half-century.[73][74] Further economic success continued through the 1980s, with the unemployment rate falling to 3% and real GDP growth averaging at about 8% up until 1999. During the 1980s, Singapore
Singapore
began to upgrade to higher-technological industries, such as the wafer fabrication sector, in order to compete with its neighbours which now had cheaper labour. Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore Changi Airport
was opened in 1981 and Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines
was formed.[75] The Port of Singapore
Port of Singapore
became one of the world's busiest ports and the service and tourism industries also grew immensely during this period. Singapore
Singapore
emerged as an important transportation hub and a major tourist destination.[citation needed] The PAP rule is termed authoritarian by some activists and opposition politicians who see the strict regulation of political and media activities by the government as an infringement on political rights.[76] In response, the government of Singapore
Singapore
underwent several significant changes. Non-Constituency Members of Parliament
Non-Constituency Members of Parliament
were introduced in 1984 to allow up to three losing candidates from opposition parties to be appointed as MPs. Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) was introduced in 1988 to create multi-seat electoral divisions, intended to ensure minority representation in parliament.[77] Nominated Members of Parliament
Nominated Members of Parliament
were introduced in 1990 to allow non-elected non-partisan MPs.[78] The Constitution was amended in 1991 to provide for an Elected President who has veto power in the use of national reserves and appointments to public office.[79] The opposition parties have complained that the GRC system has made it difficult for them to gain a foothold in parliamentary elections in Singapore, and the plurality voting system tends to exclude minority parties.[80]

Lee Hsien Loong Current and 3rd Prime Minister of Singapore
Singapore
(2004 – )

Goh Chok Tong 2nd Prime Minister (1990 – 2004)

Since self-government in 1959, Singapore
Singapore
has only three Prime Ministers.

In 1990, Goh Chok Tong
Goh Chok Tong
succeeded Lee and became Singapore's second Prime Minister.[81] During Goh's tenure, the country went through some post-independence crises, such as the 1997 Asian financial crisis
1997 Asian financial crisis
and the 2003 SARS outbreak.[82] In 2004, Lee Hsien Loong, the eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew, became the country's third Prime Minister.[82] Lee Hsien Loong's tenure included the 2008 global financial crisis, the resolution of a dispute over Malayan railways land, and the introduction of integrated resorts.[83] Despite the economy's exceptional growth, the People's Action Party (PAP) suffered its worst election results in 2011, winning 60% of votes, amidst hot-button issues of high influx of foreign workers and cost of living.[citation needed] On 23 March 2015 Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew
passed away,[74] during the 50th year of independence, declaring a one-week period of public mourning. Subsequently, the PAP maintained its dominance in Parliament at the September general elections, receiving 69.9% of the popular vote, its second-highest polling result behind the 2001 tally of 75.3%.[citation needed] Government and politics Main articles: Government of Singapore, Politics of Singapore, Human rights in Singapore, and Administrative divisions of Singapore

Singapore's Parliament House, beside the Singapore
Singapore
River.

Singapore
Singapore
is a parliamentary republic with a Westminster system
Westminster system
of unicameral parliamentary government representing constituencies. The country's constitution establishes a representative democracy as the political system.[84] Executive power rests with the Cabinet of Singapore, led by the Prime Minister and, to a much lesser extent, the President.[59] The President is elected through a popular vote, and has veto powers over a specific set of executive decisions, such as the use of the national reserves and the appointment of judges, but otherwise occupies a largely ceremonial post.[85] The Parliament serves as the legislative branch of the government.[59] Members of Parliament (MPs) consist of elected, non-constituency and nominated members. Elected MPs are voted into the Parliament on a "first-past-the-post" (plurality) basis and represent either single-member or group representation constituencies.[86] The People's Action Party has won control of Parliament with large majorities in every election since self-governance was secured in 1959.[87] Although the elections are clean, there is no independent electoral authority and the government has strong influence on the media. Freedom House
Freedom House
ranks Singapore
Singapore
as "partly free" in its Freedom in the World report,[87] and The Economist
The Economist
ranks Singapore
Singapore
as a "flawed democracy", the second best rank of four, in its "Democracy Index".[88][89] The latest elections were in September 2015, with the PAP winning 83 of 89 seats contested with 70% of the popular vote.[citation needed]

New and old Supreme Court buildings. The Court of Appeal occupies the 'disc' atop, representing the highest level of justice, and a modern interpretation of the dome.

The legal system of Singapore
Singapore
is based on English common law, but with substantial local differences. Trial by jury
Trial by jury
was abolished in 1970 so that judicial decisions would rest entirely in the hands of appointed judges.[90] Singapore
Singapore
has penalties that include judicial corporal punishment in the form of caning, which may be imposed for such offences as rape, rioting, vandalism, and certain immigration offences.[91][92] There is Capital punishment in Singapore
Capital punishment in Singapore
for murder, as well as for certain aggravated drug-trafficking and firearms offences.[93] Amnesty International
Amnesty International
has said that some legal provisions of the Singapore
Singapore
system conflict with the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and that Singapore
Singapore
has "... possibly the highest execution rate in the world relative to its population".[94] The government has disputed Amnesty's claims.[95] Singapore's judicial system is considered one of the most reliable in Asia.[96]

Speakers' Corner
Speakers' Corner
in Chinatown provides a public demonstration and "free speech" area usually restricted in other parts of the island.

Singapore
Singapore
has been consistently rated among the least corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International.[97] Singapore's unique combination of a strong almost authoritarian government with an emphasis on meritocracy and good governance is known as the "Singapore model", and is regarded as a key factor behind Singapore's political stability, economic growth, and harmonious social order.[98][99] In 2011, the World Justice
Justice
Project's Rule of Law Index ranked Singapore among the top countries surveyed with regard to "order and security", "absence of corruption", and "effective criminal justice". However, the country received a much lower ranking for "freedom of speech" and "freedom of assembly".[100] All public gatherings of five or more people require police permits, and protests may legally be held only at the Speakers' Corner.[101] In 2017, Halimah Yacob
Halimah Yacob
was named the first female president of Singapore. She won on nomination day since all other candidates were declared ineligible for the election.[102] Foreign relations Main article: Foreign relations of Singapore Singapore's foreign policy is aimed at maintaining security in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
and surrounding territories. An underlying principle is political and economic stability in the region.[103] It has diplomatic relations with more than 180 sovereign states.[104]

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Lee Hsien Loong
attending the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting at ASEAN
ASEAN
Summit 2012.

As one of the five founding members of ASEAN,[105] it is a strong supporter of the ASEAN
ASEAN
Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the ASEAN
ASEAN
Investment Area, because Singapore's economy is closely linked to that of the region as a whole. Former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong
Goh Chok Tong
proposed the formation of an ASEAN
ASEAN
Economic Community, a step beyond the current AFTA, bringing it closer to a common market. This was agreed to in 2007 for implementation by 2015. Other regional organisations are important to Singapore, and it is the host of the APEC Secretariat.[citation needed] Singapore
Singapore
maintains membership in other regional organisations, such as Asia–Europe Meeting, the Forum for East Asia-Latin American Cooperation, the Indian Ocean Rim Association, and the East Asia
Asia
Summit.[103] It is also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement[106] and the Commonwealth.[107] While Singapore is not a formal member of the G20, it has been invited to participate in G20
G20
processes in most years since 2010.[108] In general, bilateral relations with other ASEAN
ASEAN
members are strong; however, disagreements have arisen,[109] and relations with neighbouring Malaysia
Malaysia
and Indonesia
Indonesia
have sometimes been strained.[110] Malaysia
Malaysia
and Singapore
Singapore
have clashed over the delivery of fresh water to Singapore,[111] and access by the Singapore Armed Forces
Singapore Armed Forces
to Malaysian airspace.[110] Border issues exist with Malaysia
Malaysia
and Indonesia, and both have banned the sale of marine sand to Singapore over disputes about Singapore's land reclamation. [112] Some previous disputes, such as the Pedra Branca dispute, have been resolved by the International Court of Justice.[113] Piracy
Piracy
in the Strait of Malacca has been a cause of concern for all three countries.[111] Close economic ties exist with Brunei, and the two share a pegged currency value, through a Currency Interchangeability Agreement between the two countries which makes both Brunei
Brunei
dollar and Singapore
Singapore
dollar banknotes and coins legal tender in either country.[114][115]

Then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew
and Ambassador to the US Chan Heng Chee meeting with US Secretary of Defense William Cohen
William Cohen
during a visit in 2000.

The first diplomatic contact with China
China
was made in the 1970s, with full diplomatic relations established in the 1990s. Since then the two countries have been major players in strengthening the ASEAN–China relationship, and has maintained a long-standing and greatly prioritized close relationship partly due to China's growing influence and essentiality in the Asia-Pacific
Asia-Pacific
region, specifying that "its common interest with China
China
is far greater than any differences". Furthermore, Singapore
Singapore
has positioned itself as a strong supporter for China's constructive engagement and peaceful development in the region. In addition, China
China
has been Singapore's largest trading partner since 2013, after surpassing Malaysia.[116][117][118][119][120] Singapore
Singapore
and the United States share a long-standing close relationship, in particular in defence, the economy, health, and education. Singapore
Singapore
has also pushed regional counter-terrorism initiatives, with a strong resolve to deal with terrorists inside its borders. To this end the country has step up cooperation with ASEAN
ASEAN
members and China
China
to strengthen regional security and fight terrorism, as well as participating in the organisation's first joint maritime exercise with the latter.[121] It has also given support to the US-led coalition to fight terrorism, with bilateral co-operation in counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation initiatives, and joint military exercises.[109] Military Main article: Singapore
Singapore
Armed Forces The Singaporean
Singaporean
military is arguably the most technologically advanced in Southeast Asia.[122] It comprises the Singapore
Singapore
Army, Republic
Republic
of Singapore
Singapore
Navy, and Republic
Republic
of Singapore
Singapore
Air Force. It is seen as the guarantor of the country's independence.[123] This principle translates into the culture, involving all citizens in the country's defence.[124] The government spends 4.9% of the country's GDP on the military—high by regional standards[122]—and one out of every four dollars of government spending is spent on defence.[125]

Singapore
Singapore
Air Force's F-15SG
F-15SG
are Strike Eagle
Strike Eagle
variants (24 units). Pilots also train in Australia, France
France
and the United States
United States
due to severe airspace constraints.

After its independence, Singapore
Singapore
had two infantry regiments commanded by British officers. This force was considered too small to provide effective security for the new country, so development of its military forces became a priority.[126] Britain pulled its military out of Singapore
Singapore
in October 1971, leaving behind only a small British, Australian and New Zealand
New Zealand
force as a token military presence. The last British soldier left Singapore
Singapore
in March 1976. New Zealand
New Zealand
troops were the last to leave, in 1989.[127] A great deal of initial support came from Israel,[126] a country that is not recognised by the neighbouring Muslim-majority nations of Malaysia, Indonesia, or Brunei.[128][129][130] The main fear after independence was an invasion by Malaysia. Israeli Defense Force (IDF) commanders were tasked with creating the Singapore Armed Forces
Singapore Armed Forces
(SAF) from scratch, and Israeli instructors were brought in to train Singaporean
Singaporean
soldiers. Military courses were conducted according to the IDF's format, and Singapore
Singapore
adopted a system of conscription and reserve service based on the Israeli model.[126] Singapore
Singapore
still maintains strong security ties with Israel
Israel
and is one of the biggest buyers of Israeli arms and weapons systems.[131] The MATADOR
MATADOR
anti-tank weapon is one example of recent Singaporean–Israeli collaboration.[132]

Republic
Republic
of Singapore
Singapore
Navy's RSS Steadfast and RSS Vigilance sailing line-abreast during CARAT Singapore
Singapore
2010.

The SAF is being developed to respond to a wide range of issues, in both conventional and unconventional warfare. The Defence Science and Technology Agency is responsible for procuring resources for the military.[133] The geographic restrictions of Singapore
Singapore
mean that the SAF must plan to fully repulse an attack, as they can not fall back and re-group. The small size of the population has also affected the way the SAF has been designed, with a small active force but a large number of reserves.[124] Singapore
Singapore
has conscription for all able-bodied males at age 18, except those with a criminal record or who can prove that their loss would bring hardship to their families. Males who have yet to complete pre-university education or are awarded the Public Service Commission scholarship can opt to defer their draft. Though not required to perform military service, the number of women in the SAF has been increasing: since 1989 they have been allowed to fill military vocations formerly reserved for men. Before induction into a specific branch of the armed forces, recruits undergo at least 9 weeks of basic military training.[134]

Flag lowering by Singapore
Singapore
troops in Afghanistan.

Because of the scarcity of open land on the main island, training involving activities such as live firing and amphibious warfare is often carried out on smaller islands, typically barred to civilian access. This also avoids risk to the main island and the city. However, large-scale drills are considered too dangerous to be performed in the area, and since 1975 have been performed in Taiwan.[134] Training is also held in about a dozen other countries. In general, military exercises are held with foreign forces once or twice per week.[124] Due to airspace and land constraints, the Republic
Republic
of Singapore
Singapore
Air Force (RSAF) maintains a number of overseas bases in Australia, the United States, and France. The RSAF's 130 Squadron is based in RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia,[135] and its 126 Squadron is based in the Oakey Army Aviation Centre, Queensland.[136] The RSAF has one squadron—the 150 Squadron—based in Cazaux Air Base
Cazaux Air Base
in southern France.[137][138] The RSAF also has a few overseas detachments in the United States, in San Diego, California, Marana, Arizona, Grand Prairie, Texas and Luke Air Force Base, among others.[139][140] The SAF has sent forces to assist in operations outside the country, in areas such as Iraq[141] and Afghanistan,[142] in both military and civilian roles. In the region, it has helped stabilise East Timor
East Timor
and has provided aid to Aceh
Aceh
in Indonesia
Indonesia
following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In 2014, the RSN deployed two ships, the RSS Resolute and the Tenacious to the Gulf of Aden
Gulf of Aden
to aid in counter piracy efforts as part of Task Force 151. The SAF also helped in relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
and Typhoon Haiyan.[143] Singapore
Singapore
is part of the Five Power Defence Arrangements, a military alliance with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.[124] Geography Main article: Geography of Singapore

An outline of Singapore
Singapore
and the surrounding islands and waterways.

Singapore
Singapore
consists of 63 islands, including the main island, Pulau Ujong.[144] There are two man-made connections to Johor, Malaysia: the Johor–Singapore Causeway
Johor–Singapore Causeway
in the north and the Tuas Second Link in the west. Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin
and Sentosa
Sentosa
are the largest of Singapore's smaller islands. The highest natural point is Bukit Timah Hill
Bukit Timah Hill
at 163.63 m (537 ft).[145] Ongoing land reclamation projects have increased Singapore's land area from 581.5 km2 (224.5 sq mi) in the 1960s to 719.1 km2 (277.6 sq mi) in 2015, an increase of some 23% (130 km2).[3][146] The country is projected to grow by another 100 km2 (40 sq mi) by 2030.[147] Some projects involve merging smaller islands through land reclamation to form larger, more functional islands, as has been done with Jurong Island.[148] Nature Main article: Wildlife of Singapore Singapore's urbanisation means that it has lost 95% of its historical forests,[149] and now over half of the naturally occurring fauna and flora in Singapore
Singapore
is present in nature reserves, such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, which comprise only 0.25% of Singapore's land area.[149] To combat this decline, in 1967 the government introduced the vision of making Singapore
Singapore
a "garden city"[150] aiming to soften the harshness of urbanisation and improve the quality of life.[151] Since then, nearly 10% of Singapore's land has been set aside for parks and nature reserves.[152] The government also has plans to preserve the remaining wildlife.[153] Singapore's well known gardens include the Singapore
Singapore
Botanic Gardens, a 150 year old tropical garden and Singapore's first UNESCO World Heritage Site,[154] and Gardens by the Bay, a popular tourist attraction. Climate Singapore
Singapore
has a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen: Af) with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F). While temperature does not vary greatly throughout the year, there is a wetter monsoon season from November to January.[155] From July to October, there is often haze caused by bush fires in neighbouring Indonesia, usually from the island of Sumatra.[156] Although Singapore
Singapore
does not observe daylight saving time (DST), it follows the GMT+8 time zone, one hour ahead of the typical zone for its geographical location.[157]

Climate data for Singapore

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 35.2 (95.4) 35.2 (95.4) 36.0 (96.8) 35.8 (96.4) 35.4 (95.7) 35.0 (95) 34.0 (93.2) 34.2 (93.6) 34.4 (93.9) 34.6 (94.3) 34.2 (93.6) 33.8 (92.8) 36.0 (96.8)

Average high °C (°F) 30.4 (86.7) 31.7 (89.1) 32.0 (89.6) 32.3 (90.1) 32.2 (90) 32.0 (89.6) 31.3 (88.3) 31.4 (88.5) 31.4 (88.5) 31.7 (89.1) 31.1 (88) 30.2 (86.4) 31.5 (88.7)

Daily mean °C (°F) 26.5 (79.7) 27.1 (80.8) 27.5 (81.5) 28.0 (82.4) 28.3 (82.9) 28.3 (82.9) 27.9 (82.2) 27.9 (82.2) 27.6 (81.7) 27.6 (81.7) 27.0 (80.6) 26.4 (79.5) 27.51 (81.51)

Average low °C (°F) 23.9 (75) 24.3 (75.7) 24.6 (76.3) 25.0 (77) 25.4 (77.7) 25.4 (77.7) 25.0 (77) 25.0 (77) 24.8 (76.6) 24.7 (76.5) 24.3 (75.7) 24.0 (75.2) 24.7 (76.5)

Record low °C (°F) 19.4 (66.9) 19.7 (67.5) 20.2 (68.4) 20.7 (69.3) 21.2 (70.2) 20.8 (69.4) 19.7 (67.5) 20.2 (68.4) 20.7 (69.3) 20.6 (69.1) 21.1 (70) 20.6 (69.1) 19.4 (66.9)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 234.6 (9.236) 112.8 (4.441) 170.3 (6.705) 154.8 (6.094) 171.2 (6.74) 130.7 (5.146) 154.4 (6.079) 148.9 (5.862) 156.5 (6.161) 154.6 (6.087) 258.5 (10.177) 318.6 (12.543) 2,165.9 (85.271)

Average rainy days 13 8 13 14 14 12 14 14 13 15 18 18 166

Average relative humidity (%) 84.4 82.0 83.4 84.1 83.5 81.9 82.3 82.2 82.7 83.1 85.7 86.5 83.5

Mean monthly sunshine hours 172.4 183.2 192.7 173.6 179.8 177.7 187.9 180.6 156.2 155.2 129.6 133.5 2,022.4

Source #1: National Environment Agency
National Environment Agency
(climatological reference period: 1981–2010; records: temp. 1929–2017, rainfall 1869–2017, humidity 1929–2017, rain days 1891–2017)[158]

Source #2: NOAA (sun only, 1961–1990)[159]

Economy Main article: Economy of Singapore

The United Kingdom's visiting Red Arrows
Red Arrows
fly over the Gardens by the bay

Singapore
Singapore
has a highly developed market economy, based historically on extended entrepôt trade. Along with Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan, Singapore
Singapore
is one of the original Four Asian Tigers, but has surpassed its peers in terms of GDP per capita. Between 1965 and 1995, growth rates averaged around 6 per cent per annum, transforming the living standards of the population.[160] The Singaporean
Singaporean
economy is known as one of the freest,[161] most innovative,[162] most competitive,[163] most dynamic[164] and most business-friendly.[165] The 2015 Index of Economic Freedom ranks Singapore
Singapore
as the second freest economy in the world and the Ease of Doing Business Index has also ranked Singapore
Singapore
as the easiest place to do business for the past decade.[166] According to the Corruption Perceptions Index, Singapore is consistently perceived as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, along with New Zealand
New Zealand
and the Scandinavian countries.[citation needed] In 2016, Singapore
Singapore
is rated the world's most expensive city for the third consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit.[167][168]

The integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands
that opened in 2010 is one of the world's most photographed buildings.

For several years, Singapore
Singapore
has been one of the few[169] countries with an AAA credit rating from the "big three", and the only Asian country to achieve this rating.[170] Singapore
Singapore
attracts a large amount of foreign investment as a result of its location, skilled workforce, low tax rates, advanced infrastructure and zero-tolerance against corruption.[171] Singapore
Singapore
has the world's eleventh largest foreign reserves,[172] and one of the highest net international investment position per capita.[173][174] There are more than 7,000 multinational corporations from the United States, Japan, and Europe in Singapore. There are also approximately 1,500 companies from China
China
and a similar number from India. Foreign firms are found in almost all sectors of the country's economy.[citation needed] Roughly 44 percent of the Singaporean
Singaporean
workforce is made up of non-Singaporeans.[175] Over ten free-trade agreements have been signed with other countries and regions.[109] Despite market freedom, Singapore's government operations have a significant stake in the economy, contributing 22% of the GDP.[176] Singapore
Singapore
is the second-largest foreign investor in India.[177] It is the 14th largest exporter and the 15th largest importer in the world.[178][179]

Economy Statistics (Recent Years) : Year 2011 To Year 2014 Sources:[180][181][182][183][184][185][186][187]

Year GDP Nominal (Billion) GDP Nominal Per Capita GDP Real (Billion) GNI Nominal (Billion) GNI Nominal Per Capita Foreign Reserves (Billion) Avg. Exchange Rate (1US$ to S$)

2011 S$346.353 S$66,816 S$342.371 S$338.452 S$65,292 S$373.960 S$1.2573

2012 S$362.332 S$68,205 S$354.061 S$351.765 S$66,216 S$324.081 S$1.2498

2013 S$378.200 S$70,047 S$324.592 S$366.618 S$67,902 S$344.729 S$1.2513

2014 S$390.089 S$71,318 S$380.585 S$378.329 S$69,168 S$340.438 S$1.2671

Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines
celebrated Golden Jubilee
Golden Jubilee
with its Airbus A380
Airbus A380
in 'SG50' livery.

The currency of Singapore
Singapore
is the Singapore dollar
Singapore dollar
(SGD or S$), issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).[188] It is interchangeable with the Brunei
Brunei
dollar at par value since 1967, owing to their historically close relations.[189] MAS manages its monetary policy by allowing the Singapore dollar
Singapore dollar
exchange rate to rise or fall within an undisclosed trading band. This is different from most central banks, which use interest rates to manage policy.[190] In recent years, the country has been identified as an increasingly popular tax haven for the wealthy due to the low tax rate on personal income and tax exemptions on foreign-based income and capital gains. Australian millionaire retailer Brett Blundy and multi-billionaire Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin
Eduardo Saverin
are two examples of wealthy individuals who have settled in Singapore
Singapore
(Blundy in 2013 and Saverin in 2012).[191] In 2009, Singapore
Singapore
was removed from the OCDE "liste grise" of tax havens,[192] but ranked fourth on the Tax Justice Network's 2015 Financial Secrecy Index of the world's off-shore financial service providers, banking one-eighth of the world's off-shore capital, while "providing numerous tax avoidance and evasion opportunities".[193] In August 2016, The Straits Times
The Straits Times
reported that Indonesia
Indonesia
had decided to create tax havens on two islands near Singapore
Singapore
to bring Indonesian capital back into the tax base.[194] In October 2016, the Monetary Authority of Singapore admonished and fined UBS
UBS
and DBS and withdrew Falcon Private Bank's banking license for their alleged role in the Malaysian Sovereign Fund scandal.[195][196] Singapore
Singapore
has the world's highest percentage of millionaires, with one out of every six households having at least one million US dollars in disposable wealth. This excludes property, businesses, and luxury goods, which if included would increase the number of millionaires, especially as property in Singapore
Singapore
is among the world's most expensive.[197] Singapore
Singapore
does not have a minimum wage, believing that it would lower its competitiveness. It also has one of the highest income inequalities among developed countries.[198][199] Employment Main article: Employment in Singapore Singapore
Singapore
traditionally has one of the lowest unemployment rates among developed countries. The unemployment rate did not exceed 4% from 2005 to 2014, hitting highs of 3.1% in 2005 and 3% during the 2009 global financial crisis; it fell to 1.8% in the first quarter of 2015.[200] The government provides numerous assistance programmes to the homeless and needy through the Ministry of Social and Family Development, so acute poverty is rare. Some of the programmes include providing between SGD400 and SGD1000 per month to needy households, providing free medical care at government hospitals, and paying for children's school fees.[201][202][203] The Singapore
Singapore
government also provides numerous benefits to its citizenry, including: free money to encourage residents to exercise in public gyms,[204] up to $166,000 worth of baby bonus benefits for each baby born to a citizen,[205] heavily subsidised healthcare, money to help the disabled, cheap laptops for poor students,[206] rebates for numerous areas such as public transport,[207] utility bills and more.[208][209] Although it has been recognised that foreign workers are crucial to the country's economy, the government is considering capping these workers,[210] as foreign workers make up 80% of the construction industry and up to 50% of the service industry.[211][212] The Immigrations and Checkpoints authority publishes a number of criteria for eligibility for permanent residence.[213]

A view of the cityscape and anchored ships from Singapore's Eastern Anchorage off the East Coast Park

Industry sectors

Singapore
Singapore
Exports by Product (2014)[214]

Globally, Singapore
Singapore
is a leader in several economic sectors, including being 3rd-largest foreign exchange centre, 3rd-leading financial centre,[215][216] 2nd-largest casino gambling market,[217] 3rd-largest oil-refining and trading centre, world's largest oil-rig producer and major hub for ship repair services,[218][219][220] world's top logistics hub.[221] The economy is diversified, with its top contributors – financial services, manufacturing, oil-refining. Its main exports are refined petroleum, integrated circuits and computers [222] which constituted 27% of the country's GDP in 2010, and includes significant electronics, petroleum refining, chemicals, mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences sectors. In 2006, Singapore
Singapore
produced about 10% of the world's foundry wafer output.[223] Singapore's largest companies are in the telecoms, banking, transportation and manufacturing sectors, many of which started as state-run enterprises, and has since been listed on the Singapore Exchange, including Singapore Telecommunications
Singapore Telecommunications
(Singtel), Singapore Technologies Engineering, Keppel Corporation, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), Development Bank of Singapore
Development Bank of Singapore
(DBS), United Overseas Bank (UOB). In 2011, amidst the global financial crisis, OCBC, DBS and UOB were ranked as the world's 1st, 5th, 6th "strongest banks in the world" respectively by Bloomberg surveys.[224] The nation's best known global brands include Singapore
Singapore
Airlines, Changi Airport
Changi Airport
and Port of Singapore, all three are amongst the most-awarded in their respective industry sectors. Singapore
Singapore
Airlines is ranked as Asia's most-admired company, and world's 19th most-admired in 2015, by Fortune's annual "50 most admired companies in the world" industry surveys. It is also the world's most-awarded airline, including "Best international airline", by US-based Travel + Leisure reader surveys, for 20 consecutive years.[225][226] Changi Airport connects over 100 airlines to more than 300 cities. The strategic international air hub has more than 480 "World's Best Airport" awards as of 2015[update], and is known as the most-awarded airport in the world.[227]

Universal Studios' Hollywood Boulevard on Sentosa
Sentosa
island

Tourism forms a large part of the economy, with over 15 million tourists visiting the city-state in 2014.[228] To expand the sector, casinos were legalised in 2005, but only two licenses for "Integrated Resorts" were issued, to control money laundering and addiction.[229] Singapore
Singapore
also promotes itself as a medical tourism hub: about 200,000 foreigners seek medical care there each year. Singapore
Singapore
medical services aim to serve at least one million foreign patients annually and generate USD3 billion in revenue.[230] In 2015, Lonely Planet and The New York Times
The New York Times
listed Singapore
Singapore
as their top and 6th best world destination to visit respectively.[231] Singapore
Singapore
is an education hub, with more than 80,000 international students in 2006.[232] 5,000 Malaysian students cross the Johor–Singapore Causeway
Johor–Singapore Causeway
daily to attend schools in Singapore.[233] In 2009, 20% of all students in Singaporean
Singaporean
universities were international students – the maximum cap allowed, a majority from ASEAN, China
China
and India.[234] Infrastructure Information and communications

The Ministry of Communications and Information
Ministry of Communications and Information
oversees the development of Infocomms, Media and the Arts.

Information and communications technologies (ICT) is one of the pillars of Singapore's economic success. However, Singapore's mass communications networks, including television and phone networks, have long been operated by the government. When Singapore
Singapore
first came online, Singaporeans
Singaporeans
could use Teleview to communicate with one another, but not with those outside of their sovereign city-state. Publications such as The Wall Street Journal were censored.[235]

Aerial panoramic sweep of Toa Payoh Stadium and its surrounds

The 'Intelligent Island' is a term used to describe Singapore
Singapore
in the 1990s, in reference to the island nation's early adaptive relationship with the internet.[235] The term is referenced in William Gibson's 1993 essay Disneyland with the Death Penalty.[236] The World Economic Forum's 2015 Global Technology Report placed Singapore
Singapore
as the most "Tech-Ready Nation". It is the most comprehensive survey of the pervasiveness and network-readiness of a country, in terms of market, political and regulatory infrastructure for connectivity. Singapore
Singapore
has also topped Waseda University's International e-Government rankings from 2009 to 2013, and 2015.[237] Singapore
Singapore
has the world's highest smartphone penetration rates, in surveys by Deloitte[238][239] and Google Consumer Barometer – at 89% and 85% of the population respectively in 2014.[240] Overall mobile phone penetration rate is at 148 mobile phone subscribers per 100 people.[241] Internet in Singapore is provided by state owned Singtel, partially state owned Starhub
Starhub
and M1 Limited
M1 Limited
as well as some other business internet service providers (ISPs) that offer residential service plans of speeds up to 2 Gbit/s as of spring 2015.[242] Equinix
Equinix
(332 participants) and also its smaller brother Singapore Internet Exchange (70 participants) are Internet exchange points where Internet service providers and Content delivery networks exchange Internet traffic between their networks (autonomous systems) in various locations in Singapore.[citation needed] Transport Main article: Transport in Singapore

Electronic Road Pricing
Electronic Road Pricing
gantry (road sign) at Beach Road

As Singapore
Singapore
is a small island with a high population density, the number of private cars on the road is restricted to curb pollution and congestion. Car buyers must pay for duties one-and-a-half times the vehicle's market value, and bid for a Singaporean
Singaporean
Certificate of Entitlement (COE), which allows the car to run on the road for a decade. The cost of the Singaporean
Singaporean
certificate of entitlement alone would buy a Porsche Boxster
Porsche Boxster
in the United States. Car prices are generally significantly higher in Singapore
Singapore
than in other English-speaking countries.[243] As with most Commonwealth countries, vehicles on the road and people walking on the streets keep to the left.[244]

A Singapore MRT
Singapore MRT
train at Eunos station

Singaporean
Singaporean
residents also travel by bicycles, bus, taxis and train (MRT or LRT). Two companies run the train transport system—SBS Transit and SMRT Corporation. Four companies, Go-Ahead, Tower-Transit, SBS Transit
SBS Transit
and SMRT Corporation
SMRT Corporation
run the public buses under a 'Bus Contracting Model' where operators bid for routes. There are six taxi companies, who together put out over 28,000 taxis on the road.[245] Taxis are a popular form of public transport as the fares are relatively cheap compared to many other developed countries.[246] Singapore
Singapore
has a road system covering 3,356 kilometres (2,085 mi), which includes 161 kilometres (100 mi) of expressways.[247][248] The Singapore
Singapore
Area Licensing Scheme, implemented in 1975, became the world's first congestion pricing scheme, and included other complementary measures such as stringent car ownership quotas and improvements in mass transit.[249][250] Upgraded in 1998 and renamed Electronic Road Pricing, the system introduced electronic toll collection, electronic detection, and video surveillance technology.[251]

Changi Airport
Changi Airport
continues to expand with a 4th Terminal and mixed-use complex Jewel by 2018

Singapore
Singapore
is a major international transport hub in Asia, serving some of the busiest sea and air trade routes. Changi Airport
Changi Airport
is an aviation centre for Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
and a stopover on the Kangaroo Route
Kangaroo Route
between Sydney
Sydney
and London.[252] There are eight airports in the country

Seletar Airport Kallang
Kallang
Airport Paya Lebar Air Base Tengah Air Base Sembawang Air Base Changi Air Base Changi Air Base
Changi Air Base
(East) Singapore
Singapore
Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore Changi Airport
hosts a network of over 100 airlines connecting Singapore
Singapore
to some 300 cities in about 70 countries and territories worldwide.[253] It has been rated one of the best international airports by international travel magazines, including being rated as the world's best airport for the first time in 2006 by Skytrax.[254] The national airline is Singapore
Singapore
Airlines.[255] The Port of Singapore, managed by port operators PSA International
PSA International
and Jurong Port, was the world's second-busiest port in 2005 in terms of shipping tonnage handled, at 1.15 billion gross tons, and in terms of containerised traffic, at 23.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). It is also the world's second-busiest, behind Shanghai, in terms of cargo tonnage with 423 million tons handled. In addition, the port is the world's busiest for transshipment traffic and the world's biggest ship refuelling centre.[256]

The Port of Singapore, one of the top two busiest container ports in the world since the 1990s. Sentosa
Sentosa
island in the background

Water supply and sanitation Main article: Water supply and sanitation in Singapore Access to water is universal, affordable, efficient and of high quality. Integrated water management approaches such as the reuse of reclaimed water, the establishment of protected areas in urban rainwater catchments and the use of estuaries as freshwater reservoirs have been introduced along with seawater desalination to reduce the country's dependence on water imported from neighbouring Malaysia.[257] Singapore's approach does not rely only on physical infrastructure, but it also emphasises proper legislation and enforcement, water pricing, public education as well as research and development.[258] Demographics Main articles: Demographics of Singapore
Demographics of Singapore
and Singaporeans

Chinese and Malay women in Singapore, circa 1890

As of mid-2015, the estimated population of Singapore
Singapore
was 5,535,000 people, 3,375,000 (60.98%) of whom were citizens, while the remaining 2,160,000 (39.02%) were permanent residents (527,700) or foreign students/foreign workers/dependants (1,632,300).[3] According to the country's most recent census in 2010, nearly 23% of Singaporean residents (i.e. citizens and permanent residents) were foreign born (which means about 10% of Singapore
Singapore
citizens were foreign-born naturalised citizens); if non-residents were counted, nearly 43% of the total population were foreign born.[259][260] The same census also reports that about 74.1% of residents were of Chinese descent, 13.4% of Malay descent, 9.2% of Indian descent, and 3.3% of other (including Eurasian) descent.[259] Prior to 2010, each person could register as a member of only one race, by default that of his or her father, therefore mixed-race persons were solely grouped under their father's race in government censuses. From 2010 onward, people may register using a multi-racial classification, in which they may choose one primary race and one secondary race, but no more than two.[261]

High-rise HDB flats in Bishan overlooking Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

90.3% of resident households (i.e. households headed by a Singapore citizen or permanent resident) own the homes they live in, and the average household size is 3.43 persons (which include dependants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents).[262] However, due to scarcity of land, 80.4% of resident households live in subsidised, high-rise, public housing apartments known as "HDB flats" because of the government board (Housing and Development Board) responsible for public housing in the country. Also, 75.9% of resident households live in properties that are equal to, or larger than, a four-room (i.e. three bedrooms plus one living room) HDB flat or in private housing.[262][263] Live-in foreign domestic workers are quite common in Singapore, with about 224,500 foreign domestic workers there, as of December 2013.[264] The median age of Singaporean
Singaporean
residents was 40.5 in 2017,[265] and the total fertility rate is estimated to be 0.80 children per woman in 2014, the lowest in the world and well below the 2.1 needed to replace the population.[266] To overcome this problem, the Singapore government has been encouraging foreigners to immigrate to Singapore for the past few decades. The large number of immigrants has kept Singapore's population from declining.[267] Religion Main article: Religion
Religion
in Singapore

Religion
Religion
in Singapore, 2015[2]

Religion

Percent

Buddhism

33.2%

Christianity

18.8%

No religion

18.5%

Islam

14.0%

Taoism
Taoism
and folk religion

10.0%

Hinduism

5.0%

Other religions

0.6%

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore.

Buddhism is the most widely practised religion in Singapore, with 33% of the resident population declaring themselves adherents at the most recent census. The next-most practised religion is Christianity, followed by Islam, Taoism, and Hinduism. 17% of the population did not have a religious affiliation. The proportion of Christians, Taoists, and non-religious people increased between 2000 and 2010 by about 3% each, whilst the proportion of Buddhists decreased. Other faiths remained largely stable in their share of the population.[268] An analysis by the Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center
found Singapore
Singapore
to be the world's most religiously diverse nation.[269][270] There are monasteries and Dharma
Dharma
centres from all three major traditions of Buddhism in Singapore: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Most Buddhists in Singapore
Singapore
are Chinese and are of the Mahayana
Mahayana
tradition,[271] with missionaries having come into the country from Taiwan
Taiwan
and China
China
for several decades. However, Thailand's Theravada
Theravada
Buddhism has seen growing popularity among the populace (not only the Chinese) during the past decade. The religion of Soka Gakkai International, a Japanese Buddhist organisation, is practised by many people in Singapore, but mostly by those of Chinese descent. Tibetan Buddhism has also made slow inroads into the country in recent years.[272] Languages Main article: Languages of Singapore

A multilingual sign in Singapore's four official languages: English, Chinese, Tamil, Malay.

Singapore
Singapore
has four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil.[273] English is the common language, and is the language of business, government, and the medium of instruction in schools.[274][275] Public bodies in Singapore, such as the Singapore Public Service, (which includes the Singapore Civil Service
Singapore Civil Service
and other agencies),[276] conduct their business in English, and official documents written in a non-English official language such as Malay, Chinese or Tamil typically have to be translated into English to be accepted for submission.[citation needed] The Constitution of Singapore
Constitution of Singapore
and all laws are written in English,[277] and interpreters are required if one wishes to address the Singaporean
Singaporean
Courts in a language other than English.[278] English is the native tongue for only one-third of all Singaporeans, with roughly a quarter of all Singaporean
Singaporean
Malays, a third of all Singaporean
Singaporean
Chinese, and half of all Singaporean
Singaporean
Indians speaking it as their native tongue. Twenty percent of Singaporeans
Singaporeans
cannot read or write in English.[268][279] Singaporeans
Singaporeans
are mostly bilingual, with English as their common language and usually the mother-tongue as a second language taught in schools, in order to preserve each individual's ethnic identity and values. The official languages amongst Singaporeans
Singaporeans
are English (80% literacy), Mandarin (65% literacy), Malay (17% literacy), and Tamil (4% literacy).[268][280] Singapore English is based on British English,[281] and forms of English spoken in Singapore
Singapore
range from Standard Singapore English to a colloquial form known as "Singlish". Singlish
Singlish
is discouraged by the government.[282]

Language
Language
used most frequently at home[283][284]

Language

Percent

English

36.9%

Mandarin

34.9%

Malay

10.7%

Tamil

3.3%

Others

14.2%

English is the language spoken by most Singaporeans
Singaporeans
at home, 36.9% of the population, just ahead of Mandarin.[283][285] Nearly half a million speak other varieties of Chinese, mainly Hokkien, Teochew, and Cantonese, as their home language, although the use of these is declining in favour of Mandarin and English.[286] Singapore
Singapore
Chinese characters are written using simplified Chinese characters.[287] Malay was chosen as a national language by the Singaporean
Singaporean
government after independence from Britain in the 1960s to avoid friction with Singapore's Malay-speaking neighbours Malaysia
Malaysia
and Indonesia.[288] It has a symbolic, rather than functional purpose.[273][289][290] It is used in the national anthem "Majulah Singapura",[291] in citations of Singaporean
Singaporean
orders and decorations, and in military commands. In general, Malay is spoken mainly within the Singaporean
Singaporean
Malay community, with only 17% of all Singaporeans
Singaporeans
literate in it[292] and only 12% using it as their native language.[283] While Singaporean Malay is officially written in the Latin-based Rumi script, some Singaporean
Singaporean
Malays still learn the Arabic-based Jawi script as children alongside Rumi,[293] and Jawi is considered an ethnic script for use on Singaporean
Singaporean
Identity Cards.[294] Around 100,000 Singaporeans, or 3% of the population, speak Tamil as their native language.[283] Tamil has official status in Singapore
Singapore
and there have been no attempts to discourage the use of other Indian languages.[295] Education Main article: Education in Singapore

Singapore Management University
Singapore Management University
is one of six public universities in the city-state.

Education for primary, secondary, and tertiary levels is mostly supported by the state. All institutions, private and public, must be registered with the Ministry of Education.[296] English is the language of instruction in all public schools,[297] and all subjects are taught and examined in English except for the "mother tongue" language paper.[298] While the term "mother tongue" in general refers to the first language internationally, in Singapore's education system, it is used to refer to the second language, as English is the first language.[299][300] Students who have been abroad for a while, or who struggle with their "Mother Tongue" language, are allowed to take a simpler syllabus or drop the subject.[301][302] Education takes place in three stages: primary, secondary, and pre-university education. Only the primary level is compulsory. Students begin with six years of primary school, which is made up of a four-year foundation course and a two-year orientation stage. The curriculum is focused on the development of English, the mother tongue, mathematics, and science.[303][304] Secondary school lasts from four to five years, and is divided between Special, Express, Normal (Academic), and Normal (Technical) streams in each school, depending on a student's ability level.[305] The basic coursework breakdown is the same as in the primary level, although classes are much more specialised.[306] Pre-university education takes place over two to three years at senior schools, mostly called Junior Colleges.[307]

Hwa Chong Institution
Hwa Chong Institution
was the first Chinese institution of higher learning in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
in 1919.

National examinations are standardised across all schools, with a test taken after each stage. After the first six years of education, students take the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE),[303] which determines their placement at secondary school. At the end of the secondary stage, GCE "O"-Level or "N"-level exams are taken;[308] at the end of the following pre-university stage, the GCE "A"-Level exams are taken.[309] Some schools have a degree of freedom in their curriculum and are known as autonomous schools, for secondary education level and above.[305] Post-secondary education institutions include 5 polytechnics, institutes of technical education (ITEs), 6 public universities[310] of which the National University of Singapore
National University of Singapore
and Nanyang Technological University are among the top 20 universities in the world.[311] Singapore
Singapore
students excelled in most of the world education benchmarks in maths, science and reading. In 2015, both its primary and secondary students rank first in OECD's global school performance rankings across 76 countries – described as the most comprehensive map of education standards.[312][313] In 2016, Singapore
Singapore
students topped both the Program International Student Assessment (PISA)[314][315][316][317] and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).[318][319][320] In the 2015 International Baccalaureate exams taken in 107 countries, Singapore
Singapore
students fared best with more than half of the world's 81 perfect scorers and 98% passing rate.[321] In the 2016 EF English Proficiency Index taken in 72 countries, Singapore
Singapore
place 6th and has been the only Asian country in the top ten.[322][323][324][325] Singapore
Singapore
literature students have won the Angus Ross Prize by Cambridge Examinations every year since 1987 (except in 2000), awarded to the top A-level English literature student outside Britain, with about 12,000 international candidates.[326][327] Health Main article: Healthcare in Singapore

Singapore General Hospital
Singapore General Hospital
Museum is housed in the "Bowyer Block"

Singapore
Singapore
has a generally efficient healthcare system, even though their health expenditures are relatively low for developed countries.[328] The World Health Organisation ranks Singapore's healthcare system as 6th overall in the world in its World Health Report.[329] In general, Singapore
Singapore
has had the lowest infant mortality rate in the world for the past two decades.[330] Life expectancy in Singapore
Singapore
is 80 for males and 85 for females, placing the country 4th in the world for life expectancy. Almost the whole population has access to improved water and sanitation facilities. There are fewer than 10 annual deaths from HIV
HIV
per 100,000 people. There is a high level of immunisation. Adult obesity is below 10%.[331] The Economist Intelligence Unit, in its 2013 "Where-to-be-born Index", ranks Singapore
Singapore
as having the best quality of life in Asia
Asia
and sixth overall in the world.[332] The government's healthcare system is based upon the "3M" framework. This has three components: Medifund, which provides a safety net for those not able to otherwise afford healthcare, Medisave, a compulsory national medical savings account system covering about 85% of the population, and Medishield, a government-funded health insurance program.[328] Public hospitals in Singapore
Singapore
have autonomy in their management decisions, and compete for patients. A subsidy scheme exists for those on low income.[333] In 2008, 32% of healthcare was funded by the government. It accounts for approximately 3.5% of Singapore's GDP.[334] Culture Main article: Culture of Singapore

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Sultan Mosque, a historic mosque in Kampong Glam

Despite its small size, Singapore
Singapore
has a diversity of languages, religions, and cultures.[335] Former Prime Ministers of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong, have stated that Singapore
Singapore
does not fit the traditional description of a nation, calling it a society-in-transition, pointing out the fact that Singaporeans
Singaporeans
do not all speak the same language, share the same religion, or have the same customs.[335][336] Even though English is the first language of the nation, according to the 2010 census, 20% of Singaporeans
Singaporeans
are illiterate in English. This is however an improvement from 1990, when 40% of Singaporeans
Singaporeans
were illiterate in English.[337][338]

Ornate details on top of Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown district, Singapore's oldest Hindu temple since 1827

From 1819, it served as a trading port for British ships on their way to India. Being a major trading hub and its close proximity to its neighbor Malaysia, Singapore
Singapore
was prone to many foreign influences, both from Britain and from other Asian countries. Chinese and Indian workers moved to Singapore
Singapore
to work at the harbor. The country remained a British colony until 1942.[339] When Singapore
Singapore
became independent from the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
in 1963, most Singaporean
Singaporean
citizens were uneducated labourers from Malaysia, China
China
and India.[citation needed] Many were transient labourers, seeking to make some money in Singapore, with no intention of staying permanently.[citation needed] There was also a sizeable minority of middle-class, locally-born people—known as Peranakans or Baba-Nyonya—descendants of 15th and 16th-century Chinese immigrants. With the exception of the Peranakans who pledged their loyalties to Singapore, most of the labourers' loyalties lay with their respective homelands of Malaysia, China
China
and India. After independence, the government began a deliberate process of crafting a Singaporean identity and culture.[citation needed]

Clan associations played an important role in preserving ethnic dialects and cultural practices in the early years.

Each Singaporean's behaviours and attitudes are influenced by, among other things, his or her home language and his religion. Singaporeans who speak English as their native language tend to lean toward Western culture, while those who speak Chinese as their native language tend to lean toward Chinese culture
Chinese culture
and Confucianism. Malay-speaking Singaporeans
Singaporeans
tend to lean toward Malay culture, which itself is closely linked to Islamic
Islamic
culture.[citation needed][original research?] Racial and religious harmony is regarded by Singaporeans
Singaporeans
as a crucial part of Singapore's success, and played a part in building a Singaporean
Singaporean
identity.[340] The national flower of Singapore
Singapore
is the hybrid orchid, Vanda 'Miss Joaquim', named in memory of a Singapore-born Armenian woman, who crossbred the flower in her garden at Tanjong Pagar
Tanjong Pagar
in 1893.[341] Many national symbols such as the Coat of arms of Singapore
Coat of arms of Singapore
and the Lion head symbol of Singapore
Singapore
make use of the lion, as Singapore
Singapore
is known as the Lion
Lion
City. Major religious festivals are public holidays.[citation needed] Singapore
Singapore
has a reputation as a nanny state.[342][343] However, the government places heavy emphasis on meritocracy, where one is judged based on one's ability.[344]

A scene in a street market in Chinatown, Singapore, during the Chinese New Year holidays.

Thaipusam
Thaipusam
procession in Singapore

Saint Andrew's Anglican Cathedral
Cathedral
in the Civic District
Civic District
has existed since 1836.

Cuisine

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Main article: Singaporean
Singaporean
cuisine

Lau Pa Sat
Lau Pa Sat
hawker centre in the midst of the financial district. Satay cart-stalls rolls in after dusk, on a side street

The diversity of food is touted as a reason to visit the country,[345] and the variety of food representing different ethnicities is seen by the government as a symbol of its multiculturalism.[346] In popular culture, food items belong to a particular ethnicity, with Chinese, Malay, and Indian food clearly defined. However, the diversity of cuisine has been increased further by the "hybridisation" of different styles (e.g., the Peranakan
Peranakan
cuisine, a mix of Chinese and Malay cuisine).[345] Arts

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Main articles: Singaporean
Singaporean
literature and Dance in Singapore

Esplanade performing arts centre fronting Marina Bay

Supertree Grove in Gardens by the bay

Since the 1990s, the government has been promoting Singapore
Singapore
as a centre for arts and culture, in particular the performing arts, and to transform the country into a cosmopolitan "gateway between the East and West".[347] For example:

The Esplanade, a performing arts centre opened in October 2002.[348] The national orchestra, Singapore
Singapore
Symphony Orchestra, plays at the Esplanade. The annual Singapore Arts Festival
Singapore Arts Festival
is organised by the National Arts Council. The stand-up comedy scene has been growing, with a weekly open mic.[349]

Sport and recreation

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Main article: Sport in Singapore Singapore
Singapore
sailors have had some success on the international stage, with their Optimist team being considered among the best in the world. Some notable sailors include Colin Cheng and Kelly Chan.

The National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub
Singapore Sports Hub
in Kallang

Singapore's football league, the S.League, launched in 1996,[350] currently comprises nine clubs, including two foreign teams. The Singapore
Singapore
Slingers, formerly the Hunter Pirates in the Australian National Basketball League, is one of the inaugural teams in the ASEAN Basketball League which was founded in October 2009.[351] Singapore
Singapore
began hosting a round of the Formula One
Formula One
World Championship, the Singapore
Singapore
Grand Prix, in 2008. The race takes place on the Marina Bay Street Circuit and was the inaugural F1 night race,[352] and the first F1 street race in Asia.[353] Singapore
Singapore
will remain on the F1 calendar until at least 2017, after race organisers signed a contract extension with Formula One
Formula One
Management on the eve of the 2012 event.[354] Kranji Racecourse is run by the Singapore Turf Club
Singapore Turf Club
and hosts several meetings per week, including international races—notably the Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines
International Cup. Singapore
Singapore
also hosted the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.[355] Singapore
Singapore
is home to the biggest Mixed Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts
promotion in Asia,[356] ONE Championship. Notable fighters on the promotions roster include Ben Askren, Roger Gracie, Brandon Vera
Brandon Vera
and Shinya Aoki. Media Main article: Media of Singapore Companies linked to the government control much of the domestic media in Singapore.[357] MediaCorp
MediaCorp
operates most free-to-air television channels and free-to-air radio stations in Singapore. There are a total of seven free-to-air TV channels offered by Mediacorp.[358][359] Starhub
Starhub
Cable Vision (SCV) also offers cable television with channels from all around the world,[360] and Singtel's Mio TV provides an IPTV service.[361] Singapore
Singapore
Press Holdings, a body with close links to the government, controls most of the newspaper industry in Singapore.[362] Singapore's media industry has sometimes been criticised for being overly regulated and lacking in freedom by human rights groups such as Freedom House.[357] Self-censorship among journalists is said to be common.[362] In 2014, Singapore
Singapore
dipped to its lowest ranking ever (153rd of 180 nations) on the Press Freedom Index
Press Freedom Index
published by the French Reporters Without Borders.[363] The Media Development Authority regulates Singaporean
Singaporean
media, claiming to balance the demand for choice and protection against offensive and harmful material.[364] Private ownership of TV satellite dishes is banned.[362] In 2016, there were an estimated 4.7 million internet users in Singapore, representing 82.5% of the population.[365] The Singapore
Singapore
government does not engage in widespread censoring of the internet,[366] but it maintains a list of one hundred websites—mostly pornographic—that it blocks as a "symbolic statement of the Singaporean
Singaporean
community's stand on harmful and undesirable content on the Internet".[367] As the block covers only home internet access, users may still visit the blocked websites from their office computers.[368] See also

Singapore
Singapore
portal Asia
Asia
portal

Index of Singapore-related articles Outline of Singapore

References

Notes

^ The break down of British Empire
British Empire
losses included 38,496 United Kingdom, 18,490 Australian, 67,340 Indian and 14,382 local volunteer troops. Total Australian casualties included 1,789 killed and 1,306 wounded.[45]

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