Singapore

Singapore Overview

Singapore lies at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula near the meeting of the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. Singapore consists of a large island and more than 50 smaller islands. The large island, which is also called Singapore, covers 221 square miles. The other islands have a combined area of about 18 square miles. About half are uninhabited.

Almost all the people live in the capital, which is a crowded, bustling centre of trade, finance, and manufacturing. The Colonial District forms downtown Singapore, notable sites of the area include the Empress Place Building and the famous Raffles Hotel. Although most of old Singapore has been demolished to make way for the modern city, major landmarks within the Colonial district have been preserved.

CLIMATE

Singapore has a hot, humid climate. The average annual temperature is about 80 °F (27 °C). However, sea breezes cool the country, and so the temperature rarely rises above 94 °F (34 °C). The wettest months are from November to March, when the northeast monsoon blows. The dry season is from June to October. Thunderstorms are common in the months between the monsoons.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Singapore
POPULATION: 4.6 million
LANGUAGE: Mandarin, English and Malay
CURRENCY: Singapore Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: SG
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +65
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +8

TRAVEL WARNING

You should not become involved with drugs of any kind: possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment or the death penalty.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk