Singapore

Introduction

Singapore is made up of one main island and 63 surrounding islets. In just 150 years Singapore has grown into the thriving centre of commerce and industry it is today. Singapore has one of the busiest ports in the world with over 600 shipping lines regularly visiting. It is also one of the major oil refining and distribution centres in the world. Also one of the most important financial centres of Asia, with over 130 international banks located there with offices. Singapore has close to 5 million inhabitants.

Language Spoken

The official spoken language in Singapore is English. Other languages spoken are Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

Currency

The official currency for Singapore is the Singapore Dollar. 1 GBP = [CCExhange base="GBP" currency="SGD"] SGD*

Time Zone

The official time zone in Singapore is SGT (Singapore Time). GMT + 8 hours

International Dialing Codes

+65 (+ local number)

Climate

Singapore has a tropical climate and it is warm and humid all year round. The minimum temperature is 23 degrees Celcius and the maximum temperature around 31 degrees celcius. Rain falls throughout the year, with more consistent rain coming during the monsoon season from November to January. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 999 Ambulance/Fire: 995

Public Transport Information

Singapore has one of the most efficient transport systems in the world. Taxis, buses and the rail system (MRT) ensure a hassle free journey.

Airport Code

The airport code for Changi Airport in Singapore is SIN. The airport is located appr. 17 km North-East from the commercial centre of Singapore. The airport has consistently been voted best airport in the world for the past 16 years.

And Another Thing...

Apart from Monaco, Singapore is the most densely populated country in the world, with 6,430 people per square kilometre.