(12 September, 2010)
Singapore covers an area of 710 sq km (274 sq miles), and is expected to further increase its size over the next decade through land reclamation. The country has a population of around 5 million people. With a population density of 7,022 per square kilometer, it is one of the most densely populated country in Southeast Asia.
Singapore is a highly developed country and is presently the fastest growing economy in the world, with the economic growth of the first half of 2010 expected to reach 17.9%. It also enjoys the third highest GDP per capita in Asia after Japan and Hong Kong. With 42% of the population being expatriates and foreign workers, the country has the 6th highest percentage of foreigners on its soil in the world.
The Republic of Singapore comprises 63 islands. Apart from the main island, other major islands include Pulau Ubin, Sentosa, Jurong Island, and Pulau Tekong. The highest natural point in Singapore is Bukit Timah Hill, which is 166 meters (545 feet) above sea level.
Singapore experiences a tropical rainforest climate, with fairly constant temperature throughout the year. The country is relatively wet, with an average of one in three days being a rainy day. The wettest month is December followed by November. The driest month is February followed by January. Average temperature hovers between 24°C (75°F) and 31°C (89°F).
Singapore is a major tourist destination. A total of 10.2 million visitors come to Singapore in 2007. To buoy the tourism sector, the Singapore government granted licenses to two major resorts developments to operate casinos in Singapore. But before you head out and try to play these casino games, I would advice you to practice first on your gaming skills and tactics and read more about it. Every year the Singapore Food Festival is held in July to showcase Singapore cuisine.
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