Singapore is strategically located between the
Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea. Three out of
four Singaporeans are Chinese, who dominate both
politics and business. Other residents are Malays or
Indians. Power is concentrated on a party, PAP, which
has ruled the country since the 1950s. The country has
few natural resources, but still managed to build up a
strong manufacturing industry.
Brief profiles of Singapore, including geography, history, politics, economics as well as common acronyms about this country.
Singapore is no larger than half of Íland,
but the country has a strategic location between the
Malacca Strait in the west and the South China Sea in
the east, where the shortest sea route between India and
China goes. The location by the sea and the proximity to
the equator makes the climate hot and humid.
Singapore consists of a main island with the same
name as both the country and its capital, as well as 64
small islands. The main island is almost entirely the
capital and is connected to neighboring Malaysia via
bridges over narrow Johor St.
Originally, the main island was covered by tropical
rainforest and lined with mangrove swamp. But the forest
has been cut down as the population has increased. In
order to accommodate new industries and housing, the
islands' surface has been expanded by artificial means.
Since 1960, the country's area has increased by more
than a fifth.
The temperature is high and even. It rains
year-round, although rainfall is most abundant between
November and January. Despite the heavy rainfall,
Singapore has to import about half of its drinking water
FACTS - GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
647 km2 (2018)
Swedish +7 hours
Adjacent country (s)
Malaysia (via road bridges across the Johor St)
Capital with number of residents
Singapore ca 5 600 000 (2017)
Other major cities
other cities are missing
Bukit Timah (165 m asl)
Average Precipitation / month
304 mm (dec), 140 mm (June)
Average / day