Singapore. An earlier parliamentary election was held on May 6. The PAP party, which has ruled the country since independence, won as expected by a wide margin, despite the opposition running for more constituencies than they did before. The election system enabled PAP to look forward to taking home 82 of the 84 seats. However, the distribution of seats did not reflect the actual election results; In fact, the opposition took home just over a third of the votes and PAP’s voting share fell by almost nine percent.
According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Singapore include Independence Day (August 9) and New Year (January 1). Several opposition politicians were sentenced during the year to heavy fines for defamation or slander of Singapore’s highest ranking politicians, notably Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the so-called mentor and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. In any case, the fine resulted in personal bankruptcy for the convicted. In addition, several opposition politicians were fined for holding public speech without permission. Sentencing political opponents to heavy fines for slander or defamation is a common way in Singapore for PAP politicians to force opposition to resign, as they can no longer afford to run political campaigns. Regime-critical media is also sued in a similar way.
Attempts to conduct demonstrations for increased freedom of expression were made in connection with Singapore hosting the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting in September.
Singapore’s complicated relationship with neighboring Malaysia improved slightly during the year. This since Malaysia in April changed its decision to continue building a new bridge across the Johor St between the two countries, despite the fact that Singapore opposed the construction in its present form due to environmental concerns and complications of shipping.
The country’s already good economy showed further upturn. In the 2006 budget, the government announced that the equivalent of just over SEK 11 million would be distributed to particularly vulnerable groups, eg. poor and retired.
Singapore is a city of many possibilities. The urban state consists of the main island, as well as the predominantly uninhabited islands around it. Singapore is located near the equator, and for this reason the temperature stays on for twenty degrees all year round. June and July are the hottest months. Singapore is famous for its rich food culture: only imagination and your own courage are the limits of gastronomic enjoyment. There is always something to offer, from discount hawkers kiosks to fabulous luxury restaurants. Singapore’s food culture reflects the city’s multiculturalism, influenced by Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Tamil cuisine. Singapore is also known as one of the most important business centers in Asia.
- According to abbreviationfinder, SG is the abbreviation code for Singapore.
The city is a modern metropolis and also a slightly more expensive resort compared to many other Asian destinations. Singapore offers plenty to experience for those looking for a city break. There is plenty to see, for example, at the Singapore Zoo, which offers stunning night safaris, and on Sentosa Island, where locals flee the city’s hustle and bustle. Many malls allow for shopping from the creations of young local designers all the way to the stores of international design brands. The attraction itself is also Changi Airport, one of the busiest in Southeast Asia. The airport is popular with many passengers thanks to its comprehensive services.
In the city of Singapore, residents are most conveniently moved by the Metro Rapid Transit (MRT), which also forms the backbone of the island’s public transport. The three lines of the metro run from side to side of the island, trains and underground stations are air-conditioned and the frequency is dense, although in the mornings during peak hours the atmosphere is still dense.
Singapore offers plenty to experience for those looking for a city break. There, East and West, tradition and modernity meet in style.
The city-state of Singapore is a modern metropolis, a slightly more expensive resort than many other Asian destinations. Singapore’s food culture reflects the city’s multiculturalism, influenced by Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Tamil cuisine. Singapore is located near the equator, and for this reason the temperature stays on top of twenty degrees all year round.
Area: 707 km²
Population: 6,209,660 (estimate 7/2020)
Population: More than three quarters of the population are Chinese, about 15% Malay and about 8% Indian.
Religion: 33.2% are Buddhists, Christians 18.8%, Muslims 14%, Taoists 10%, Hindus 5% and other religions represented 0.6%, non-religious 18.4% (2015)
Language: English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay and Tamil
Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)
Main products: Electronics and semi-finished products
Form of government: Republic