Singapore is an island
of 646 sq. km, about the size of Chicago. It is located at one of the
crossroads of the world. Singapore's strategic position has helped it
grow into a major center for trade, communications, and tourism. Its geographical
location is 96km north of the equator, between longitude 103 degrees 36'
East and 104 degrees 25' East. Singapore is often touted as a concrete
jungle with close to 90% of the population living in flats and an ever-changing
skyline of monumental buildings. Government and private enterprises also
conduct an orchestra of automation that makes Singapore one of the world's
most efficient societies. Yet Singapore has also been known as a green
city. There is a wealth of flora and fauna here that is beyond our own
Two causeway bridges
link Malaysia, which is just north of Singapore. The key islands of the
Riau Archipelago of Indonesia are also just a quick ferry trip away, whereas
Thailand and the Philippines are a short plane journey away. Singapore,
with an airport served by more than 69 airlines, is very much the gateway
to Southeast Asia
Singapore's climate is warm and humid,
with temperatures ranging from 23 degree Celsius to 31 degree Celsius.
This makes it ideal for those who enjoy sunbathing, swimming, sailing,
and other water sports. For those who do not enjoy the tropical climate,
Singapore is sheltered from the worst effects of the sun with air-conditioning
in almost all of its buildings, including restaurants. Rain falls throughout
the year with more consistent rain during the monsoon season from November
to January. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but brief and refreshing.
Singapore is 8 hours ahead from GMT.
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