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Singapore
Singapore (FO 1943: Singapore), officially the Republic of Singapore, is a city state located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia, 137 kilometers north of the equator. An island country of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Johor Strait to the north and from the Riau Islands (Indonesia) by the Singapore Strait to the south. Singapore is highly urbanized, but almost half of its territory is overgrown. However, more land is being created for development through maritime grounding.

Singapore had been a part of several local empires since it was inhabited in the 2nd century AD. Modern Singapore was founded as a trading post of the East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 with the permission of the Johor Sultanate. The British obtained full island sovereignty in 1824 and the city became one of the British Narrow Settlements in 1826. Singapore was occupied by the Empire of Japan in World War II and returned to British rule after the war. It became self-governing internally in 1959. The territory joined other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963 and became a fully independent state two years later after the separation of Malaysia.
Documentation
Passport-holder EU visitors receive a tourist visa issued on arrival at the airport, valid for up to three months.
 
EU visitors wishing to travel to Singapore must be in possession of a passport with at least 6 months of entry into the country.
Official language
English (main), Malay (national), Mandarin, Tamil
Currency
Singapore dollar
Tourism
The city-state of Singapore is like a stranger in the nest in Southeast Asia. Forget the chaotic traffic, the poverty and the disorganization of the neighbors. One of the most modern nations on the continent, this Asian tiger is high-tech in nature. Its clean, organized streets, ultra-efficient transportation system, shopping malls are scattered around every corner, and its buildings leave nothing to be desired in cities like New York or Tokyo. The population of Chinese, Malays and Indians has found a way of peaceful coexistence, although sometimes the cultural differences are so evident that the impression is that they are three countries in one. Nor is it rare to find expatriate Westerners living in the country for work.

Such success is explained by a government that has regulated the country since its 1965 exclusion from Malaysia by hand. Everything in the country is regulated and fines are imposed for seemingly banal acts such as crossing the road, chewing gum or eating jackfruit on the subway. Respecting the rules, the chance is great to have a pleasant experience. The country is a shopping mecca and all major international brands are represented. The oceanfront Clarke Quay region is home to the best dining and nightlife options. Not to mention Singapure Zoo, which with its concept of eliminating animal cages makes it one of the best in the world.

The country is widely used as an air way to explore not only Southeast Asia, but also other destinations in the East, such as Japan and China, because of its award-winning Singapore Airlines, considered one of the best in the world.
Gastronomy
The cuisine of Singapore is a reflection and an impressive mix of cultures that have passed through over the years, leaving its heritage. Singaporean cuisine is full of Portuguese, English, Malay, Chinese, Japanese and other flavors that have come here throughout the ages, leaving its mark visible today in many of Singapore's restaurants.
Singapore's cuisine is the result of an amalgam of ethnicities and diverse cultures, including Asian, Indian, Chinese or Malay. In Singapore you will have no trouble finding an Indian restaurant, a Chinese, Japanese restaurant or restaurants specializing in European cuisine. Tamil cuisine is one of the most outstanding in Southeast Asia and of course is very present in this country.
Laksa is one of the traditional dishes of the country, the food stalls are also very traditional here.
Eating out in Singapore is a different different city experience. Chinese food pork or ham chops sold in markets is a tradition in this country.
Noodles with vegetables and meat, carrot cake, rice and fish ... are typical ingredients of Singaporean cuisine, especially when related to Chinese cuisine.
Regarding fried chicken the inspiration came from Malaysia. It is one of the most popular dishes. Chicken curry with potatoes and eggs ... curry is one of India's influences on local Singapore cuisine. Meat, chicken, fish and vegetables, along with rice, form the basis of Malaysian cuisine inspiration in Singapore cuisine.
If we talk about Hindu cuisine, chicken tikka sauce, curry, vegetable rice and vegetables form the basis of cooking along with lamb meat.
Weather
Under the Köppen climate rating system, Singapore has an equatorial climate with no distinct seasons. Its climate is characterized by uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity and heavy rainfall. Temperatures range from 22 ° C to 34 ° C. On average, relative humidity is about 90% in the morning and 60% in the afternoon. During heavy and prolonged rainfall, relative humidity often reaches 100%. The lowest and highest temperatures ever recorded were 19.4 ° C and 35.8 ° C, respectively. June and July are the warmest months, while November and December make up the wet monsoon season. From August to October, there is often haze, sometimes severe enough to motivate public health warnings due to burning in neighboring Indonesia. Singapore has no daylight saving time or a change in daylight saving time. The length of the day is almost constant throughout the year due to the location of the country near the equator.

About 23% of Singapore's territory consists of forest land and nature reserves. Urbanization has eliminated many former primary forest areas, the only remaining primary forest area being the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. A variety of parks are maintained with human intervention, such as Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Security
The safety conditions are very good. The crime rate is greatly reduced.
 
It should be noted that fines are imposed on those who smoke in unauthorized areas, throw litter to the ground or are caught chewing gum in the subway, and above all warns that the law in Singapore allows for the immediate detention of anyone accused of indecent assault on a woman. Also in this regard, it is appropriate to draw attention to the usual practice of seduction techniques on the part of certain young women who, deep down, conceal money extortion schemes through prosecution proceedings.
 
Drug trafficking is punishable by the death penalty.
Health
The sanitary network is very good. Underwriting a good health insurance is recommended, due to the high costs associated with health in the territory. Although no vaccination is required to travel to Singapore, a travel consultation is recommended. It should be noted that for many countries in the region additional precautions are required.
Electricity and Telecommunications
Electricity
The electricity is 230V and 50 Hz.
It is advisable to have a universal outlet adapter kit.

Telecommunications
Easy dial-up and Internet use.

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