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Singapore

 
 

Pictured; The famous Singapore Merlion

 
 
 
 
Singapore is a small island nation with a large multicultural population and a cosmopolitan heart. Singapore has no natural resources or even farms, despite this the country is one of Asia's top economic powers with one of its biggest industries being tourism.

Singapore was little more than a fishing village when it was acquired by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1819 from the Sultan of Johore who governed the neighbouring Sultanate of Johore (now part of Malaysia). Raffles who was employed by the British East India Company saw the island as an opportunity to set up a British trade port in the region and from there on the island's population grew rapidly.

The Japanese renamed Singapore to Syonan-to (meaning Light of the South) during World War 2 and occupied the country until 1945. The countries economy struggled after the war but this was soon turned around by the prime minister Lee Kuan Yew who held office from 1959 until 1990. Becoming an independent nation in 1965 the country soon underwent huge economical development.

Today Singapore is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, its clean has very low unemployment and one of the lowest crime rates around. The Singapore government is also doing all it can to attract more and more tourists to the country. Recently a new theatre and entertainment district was created at marina south with one of Singapore's first two casinos planned to be built there too.   

 
Getting There
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Singapore
Overview
Getting There
Getting Around
Accommodation
Things to Do
Dining out
Nightlife
Photos
Feature Recipes
Ayam Masak Kicap
Singapore Noodles
Singapore Peppery Crab
Smoked Spicy Chicken
Singaporean Lamb Curry
Curry Laksa Seafood Soup
Prawn Laksa
Quick Facts
Chili
The Chili is a member of the Capsicum family and is closely related to the Tomato.
The Chili was unknown in Asia until Europeans introduced it there from Peru and Mexico.
 
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