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Country name conventional long form: Republic of Singapore
conventional short form: Singapore
local long form: Republic of Singapore
local short form: Singapore
Gevernment typeparliamentary republic
Capital name: Singapore
geographic coordinates: 1 17 N, 103 51 E
time difference: UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptiontwo equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; near the hoist side of the red band, there is a vertical, white crescent (closed portion is toward the hoist side) partially enclosing five white five-pointed stars arranged in a circle
CurrencySingapore dollar (SGD)
Internet country code.sg
Ports and terminalsSingapore
Agriculture productsrubber, copra, fruit, orchids, vegetables; poultry, eggs; fish, ornamental fish
Industrieselectronics, chemicals, financial services, oil drilling equipment, petroleum refining, rubber processing and rubber products, processed food and beverages, ship repair, offshore platform construction, life sciences, entrepot trade
Geography
LocationSoutheastern Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia
Coordinates1 22 N, 103 48 E
ContinentSoutheast Asia
Area total: 692.7 sq km
land: 682.7 sq km
water: 10 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline193 km
Climatetropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct monsoon seasons - Northeastern monsoon (December to March) and Southwestern monsoon (June to September); inter-monsoon - frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms
Terrainlowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve
Natural resourcesfish, deepwater ports
Natural hazardsNA
People
Population4,492,150 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsChinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4% (2000 census)
ReligionsBuddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, other Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%, none 14.8% (2000 census)
LanguagesMandarin 35%, English 23%, Malay 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9% (2000 census)

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