Country Profile - Singapore

Name: Republic of Singapore

Location: South-East Asia.

Time: IST (+) 2 1/2 hrs

Capital: Singapore

Language: Mandarin (official) 35%, English (official) 23%, Malay (official) 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil (official) 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9% (2000 census).

Area: 647.5 sq kms

Population: 4,740,737 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 09 Aug

Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD).

Climate: Warm and fairly humid summer temperatures throughout the year (approximately 30ºC/86 ºF during the day and 23ºC/74 ºF in the evening). There is no distinct wet/dry season. Most rain falls during the northeast monsoon (November to January) and showers are usually sudden and heavy.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 3 Feb - 4 Feb Chinese New Year. 1 May Labour Day. 2 May Vesak Day (Birth of the Buddha). 9 Aug National Day. 25 Dec Christmas Day.

Airline Name: Singapore Airlines (SQ)

International Airports: Changi (SIN)