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Overview: Singapore


Popular discontent has inevitably grown over living costs and immigration in Singapore. one of Asia's richest and most expensive countries, as an often rancorous debate over the nation's future has simmered below the surface. The once unthinkable prospect of political risk in one of the world's biggest financial centres that begun to challenge Singapore’s cherished reputation of stability. One potential flashpoint has been the question of immigration. A government white paper announced that the island's population of 5.3 million could grow by as much as 30 per cent by 2030, mostly through foreign workers to offset Singapore’s chronically low birth rate. Growing disquiet over this vision of the country outlined by the ruling (for five decades) People's Action Party (PAP) had placed the government on the back foot.

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Profile: Singapore

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Repablik Singapura, Xinjiapo Gongheguo, Singapur Kutiyarasu, Republic of Singapore
Head of State: President Tony Tan Keng Yam (from 1 Sep 2011)
Head of government: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (appointed 2004; re-elected 7 May 2011)
Ruling party: People's Action Party (PAP) (since 1965; re-elected 7 May 2011)
Area: 636 square km
Population: 5.47 million (2014)
Official language: English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil.
Currency: Singapore dollar (S$) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: S$1.42 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$56,310 (2014)
GDP real growth: 2.92% (2014)
GDP: US$308.05 billion (2014)
Labour force: 3.41 million (2012)*
Unemployment: 1.95% (2014)
Inflation: 1.02% (2014)
Balance of trade: US$74.50 billion (2014)
Annual FDI: US$64.00 billion (2011)
* estimated figure

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