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Singapore

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, sometimes referred to as the Lion City or the Little Red Dot, is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 km) north of the equator, at the southern tip of peninsular Malaysia, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 km2), and its greening policy has covered the densely populated island with tropical flora, parks and gardens.
Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore in 1819 as a trading post of the East India Company; after its collapse and the eventual establishment of the British Raj, the islands were ceded to Britain and became part of its Straits Settlements in 1826. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but was expelled two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign nation in 1965. After early years of turbulence, and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its workforce.
Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Its standings include: the most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), second-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre, and the second-busiest container port. The country has also been identified as a tax haven.
Singapore ranks 5th internationally and first in Asia on the UN Human Development Index, and 3rd highest per capita income. It is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety, and housing. Although income inequality is high, 90% of homes are owner-occupied. 38% of Singapore's 5.6 million residents are permanent residents and other foreign nationals. There are four official languages: English (common and first language), Malay, Mandarin, Tamil; almost all Singaporeans are bilingual.
Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic, with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People's Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959. The dominance of the PAP, coupled with a low level of press freedom and restrictions on civil liberties and political rights, has led to Singapore being classified by some as a semi-authoritarian regime. One of the five founding members of the ASEAN, Singapore is also the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat, and a member of the East Asia Summit, Non-Aligned Movement, and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Singapur (amtlich Republik Singapur, englisch Republic of Singapore ist ein Insel- und Stadtstaat und der flächenmäßig kleinste Staat Südostasiens. Er ist Mitglied im Commonwealth of Nations.
Singapur gilt als eine der Städte mit den weltweit höchsten Lebenshaltungskosten. Zudem zählt der Stadtstaat mit mehr als elf Millionen ausländischen Touristen im Jahr zu den zehn meistbesuchten Städten der Welt und gilt neben Hong Kong als wichtigster Finanzplatz Asiens. Singapur ist ein multiethnischer Staat, in dem Chinesen, Malaien und Inder die größten Bevölkerungsteile stellen.
Great night view from Manrine Bay
Great night view from Manrine Bay
Strelitzia early morning
Strelitzia early morning
Gardener is taking care of the water plants
Gardener is taking care of the water plants
Indian area in Singapore
Indian area in Singapore
Huge bananas in Indian area
Huge bananas in Indian area
Indian area in Singapore
Indian area in Singapore
Singapore always under construction.
Singapore always under construction.
View from the Hotel Marina Bay
View from the Hotel Marina Bay
Singapore by night.
Singapore by night.
Oriental-Flower
Oriental-Flower
Rainbow bridge
Rainbow bridge
Singapore by night.
Singapore by night.
Beauty
Beauty
Singapore by night.
Singapore by night.
Singapore the modern city
Singapore the modern city
Orchid's in Singapores airport
Orchid's in Singapores airport
Oberfläche des Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
Oberfläche des Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
A modern shopping place in Singapore
A modern shopping place in Singapore
Art centre
Art centre
Bridge to Hotel Marina Bay
Bridge to Hotel Marina Bay
Palm tree in Singapore
Palm tree in Singapore
Marina Bay Hotel
Marina Bay Hotel
A modern shopping place in Singapore
A modern shopping place in Singapore
Botanical  Park in Singapore
Botanical Park in Singapore
Helix Bridge to the skyline of Singapore
Helix Bridge to the skyline of Singapore
View from the Helix Bridge to the skyline of Singapore
View from the Helix Bridge to the skyline of Singapore
Singapore has more than just high technique to offer.
Singapore has more than just high technique to offer.
View from the Helix Bridge to the skyline of Singapore
View from the Helix Bridge to the skyline of Singapore
The skyline of Singapore
The skyline of Singapore
Hotel Marina Bay with ArtScience Museum
Hotel Marina Bay with ArtScience Museum