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Singapore General Info
Singapore General Information -
Area: 659.9 sq kilometres (254.8 sq miles).

Population: 4,131,200 (official estimate 2001).

Population Density: 6,260.3 per sq kilometre.

Capital: Singapore City. Population: 3,163,500 (1998).

Geography: Singapore is the island located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, to which it is connected by a causeway carrying a railway, road, and waterpipe. The Johor Strait between the island and the mainland is situated about 1 kilometre or 0.8 mile wide. The Republic of Singapore consists of 64 islets. It is a mostly flat country with low lying hills, the highest is Bukit Timah at 163 metres or 545 feet. Large areas have been reclaimed in the northeast of the island, and most of the original jungle and swamp covering the low-lying areas has been cleared.

Government: Republic. Gained full independence from the UK in 1965.

Head of State: President Sellapan Ramanathan since 1999.
Head of Government: Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong since 1990.

Language: The four official languages are Malay (the national language), English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Tamil. The majority of Singaporeans are bilingual and speak English, which is used for business and administration.

Religion: Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim.

Time: GMT + 8.

Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plug fittings of the three-pin square type are used. Many hotels also have 110-volt outlets.
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