by David C. Wyld Southeastern Louisiana University on 20/09/10 at 11:17 pm
This overview of Singapore – the country, the culture, the people, and a recipe, too – was prepared by Sharon Johnson while an Accounting student in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University.
The trading post of Singapore was found in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, and became independent from Malaysian Federation in 1965. Singapore is located between Malaysia and Indonesia. The capital of Singapore is also called Singapore. It is considered to be the cleanest, and most economical city of Southeast Asia. The deepwater port is one of the natural resources of Singapore. This port is also the busiest in the world. Singapore is also famous for shopping and food.
Here are three geographic facts about Singapore:
1. Of all the Asian countries, Singapore is the second from the smallest. Singapore area is 697 square kilometers, which consist of 687 square kilometer of land and 10 square kilometer of water. Comparing it to Washington, DC, it is about 3.5 times larger.
2. Singapore is located in the Indian Ocean and connected to Malaysia by a causeway, which is 3,456 feet long stretching across the straits of Johore. The capital of Singapore is also called Singapore.
3. Singapore is a tropical island and the temperature ranges between 75 degrees Fahrenheit to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with May and June being the hottest months. There is heavy rainfall in Singapore and annually the rainfall averages about 93 inches, and the wettest months are November and December. Singapore also has high humidity.
· 3 “Serious” Facts
Here are three serious facts about Singapore:
1. As of July, 2010, Singapore’s population is about 4,657,542. This population is multi-ethnic, including about 77% are Chinese, 14% Malay, 8% Indian, and 1% other. English, also called SingEng or Singlish in Singapore, is a common language in Singapore. Malay, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil are also official languages in Singapore.
2. Singapore adopted a Clean Air Act in 1971 and it has been amended in 1975 and 1980. The Clean Air Act and the Clean Air Regulations of 1975 is used to protect the quality of air. With the regulations in 1981, Singapore imposed the limit of lead content of gasoline. Also in 1986, they tightened the emission standards for motor vehicles, but in growing urban areas, there is a problem with air pollution from transportation vehicles