Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth.

Key Cities

Key cities in Singapore include Singapore, Woodlands.

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

In fact, the name Singapura was not recorded until the 16th century and Singapore was really only a trading post with a small population, not a city. Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826). Raffles became a clerk for the British East India Company in 1795. He rose rapidly in the company. The culture of Singapore is a combination of Asian, European, and Middle Eastern cultures. Influenced by Malay, South Asian, East Asian, and Eurasian cultures, Singapore has been dubbed as a country where “East meets West”, “Easy Asia” and “Garden city”.

Brief Country History

Ancient Malay legend holds that Singapore was founded when a Sumatran prince encountered a lion – considered a good omen – on Temasek. This gave rise to Singapura or the ‘Lion City’. This then became a minor trading post for the Sumatran Srivijaya empire and subsequently a vassal state of the Javanese Majapahit Empire in the mid-13th century. In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles turned his sights on Singapore it emerged as major a tariff-free port and a flourishing colony with military and naval base.

By the 1950s, a number of political parties were clamoring for independence and Singapore finally attained self-government when the People’s Action Party was elected in 1959. Lee Kuan Yew became prime minister and he held on to this position for the next 31 years. In 1963, Singapore formed a union with Malaya (now Malaysia) but, by 1965, the nascent federation was in tatters. Singapore became independent soon after and was once again the economic success story of the region.

Singapore was hit hard by the economic troubles of the late 90s but it is slowly bouncing back. It remains a city-country renowned for its cleanliness, modernity, and efficiency.

Language (s) Written & Spoken

There are many languages in Singapore. The reason is that Singapore has a multi-ethnic society. The Singapore government recognizes four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil.

Important Types of Commerce in Singapore

Singapore’s largest industry by far is the manufacturing sector, which contributes 20%-25% of the country’s annual GDP. Key industry clusters in Singapore’s manufacturing include electronics, chemicals, biomedical sciences, logistics, and transport engineering.

Language Services US and others will provide working with Singapore

Singapore offers a gateway for business in Southeast Asia. Singapore is attracting attention from the rest of the world thanks to its solid economic growth over the past decade and very promising forecasts for the future. Communicating with the local market requires proper Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil translation and localization. In an international survey, two-thirds of Singaporeans stated their unyielding stance of having information presented to them in their native language, and value this overpaying a lower price while shopping online. This is a fact worth noting for those hoping to expand their business into Singapore.

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