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Here are some interesting facts about Singapore - Category: Introduction - Background: Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.

Category: Government - Suffrage: 21 years of age; universal and compulsory

Category: People - Total fertility rate (children born/woman): 1.08 children born/woman (2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Labor force: 2.96 million (2008 estimate)

Category: Geography - Area (sq km): total: 692.7 sq km; land: 682.7 sq km; water: 10 sq km

Category: Transportation - Merchant marine: total: 1,292; by type: bulk carrier 167, cargo 87, carrier 5, chemical tanker 209, container 273, liquefied gas 96, petroleum tanker 386, refrigerated cargo 5, roll on/roll off 4, specialized tanker 7, vehicle carrier 53; foreign-owned: 774 (Australia 12, Bangladesh 2, Belgium 8, Chile 6, China 14, Cyprus 1, Denmark 87, France 1, Germany 24, Greece 15, Hong Kong 47, India 13, Indonesia 66, Italy 5, Japan 131, South Korea 3, Malaysia 27, Norway 143, Slovenia 1, Sweden 20, Switzerland 2, Taiwan 72, Thailand 23, UAE 12, UK 17, US 22); registered in other countries: 331 (Australia 1, Bahamas 17, Belize 2, Bolivia 1, Cambodia 4, Cayman Islands 10, Comoros 1, Cyprus 3, Dominica 7, France 2, Honduras 12, Hong Kong 18, Indonesia 27, Isle of Man 1, Kiribati 4, Liberia 32, Malaysia 16, Marshall Islands 18, Mongolia 9, Norway 1, Panama 100, Philippines 1, Saint Kitts and Nevis 1, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4, Thailand 2, Tuvalu 23, US 12, unknown 2) (2008)

Category: Communications - Internet users: 3.105 million (2007)

Category: Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): 4.9% of GDP (2005 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Illicit drugs: drug abuse limited because of aggressive law enforcement efforts; as a transportation and financial services hub, Singapore is vulnerable, despite strict laws and enforcement, as a venue for money laundering

Other random facts about Singapore 

  1. Economy - Public debt (% of GDP): 113.7% of GDP (2008 estimate)

  2. Economy - Stock of direct foreign investment - at home: 5.7 billion (2008 estimate)

  3. Economy - Budget: revenues: .6 billion; expenditures: .5 billion (2008 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html