Singapore’s flowerpot state at the tip of the Malacca Peninsula is one of the smallest in the world but at the same time one of the richest and most competitive. The majority of the ethnically and culturally multi-layered population of five million lives on the main island of Singapore, the remaining 54 on small islands. The climate is hot and humid throughout the year.
Singapore is known as an Asian shopping paradise and its Changi Airport is a hub for international air travel. Well-kept, year-round flower parks and numerous restaurants serving a variety of cuisines from around the world are also Singapore’s guaranteed trademarks. On the way to Singapore, we will explore this Asian showcase of efficiency and effectiveness.
The strategically excellent location of the area was once discovered by pirates who had already moved through the Strait of Malakans but only the British and their representative Sir Thomas Raffles established a rubber and tin trading site in England in 1819. The name Raffles has survived in the name of one of the world’s most famous hotels. The famous Singapore Sling is still served at Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar.
Singapore. In August, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took over the powerful Prime Minister post after Goh Chok Tong, who announced his departure the year before. 52-year-old Lee Hsien Loong is the son of Singapore’s country father Lee Kuan Yew, who was the country’s prime minister for over 30 years until he resigned in 1990. The father is still considered to exert great influence over politics through his government post as “minister mentor”. In his installation speech, Lee Hsien Loong said he intended to lighten the country’s restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly. Most analysts, however, did not consider that the change of power would mean a noticeable change in price in Singapore’s politics, which is characterized by authoritarian rule and large state involvement.
According to CountryAAH, the total population in Singapore is 5,850,353 people in 2020. Singapore’s world-famous ban on chewing gum was lifted in May, at least in part. By presenting a prescription, chewers can now buy “medical chewing gums” (nicotine chewing gums) at pharmacies. The ban on chewing gum was introduced in 1992 for environmental reasons. It was pressure from the United States that caused Singapore to release the chewing gum restrictions as they constituted an obstacle to free trade between the two countries. Violation of the Chewing Gum Act, which has become a symbol of the involvement of the Singaporean state in the privacy of its citizens, can result in a year in prison.
Tropical climate. The average temperature is around 27ºC all year round, the humidity is over 80% and up to 2500 mm of precipitation falls annually. The main rainy season is from October to January (northeast monsoons)