Overland Journeys: Malay Peninsula

Travel Information for Singapore
Time zone:GMT +8 (Singapore standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Malay, English, Mandarin Chinese
Other languages:Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Tamil
Currency: Singapore dollars (SGD)

1 = S$1.00, $1 = S$1.36, £1 = S$1.81

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.sgInternational Dialling Code:    65

For help planning your trip to Singapore including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Singapore trip planning page.

Further information on Singapore

Discover more about Singapore - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of singapore

Total area: 693 sq km (10 sq km under water)

Coastline: 193 km (South China Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders

Climate: Tropical climate with hot, humid and rainy conditions. There are two distinct monsoon seasons - Northeastern monsoon from December to March and Southwestern monsoon from June to September. Inter-monsoon there are frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms.

Highest mountain: Bukit Timah (166m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Singapore from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 75/167
Economic FreedomFree 2/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 151/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 7/174
Overall Ranking:    79/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Singapore     Status: Independent Country

Population: 5,567,301 (rank: 114/196)     Density: 8037.1 people/sq km (rank: 2/196)

Ethnic groups: Chinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4% (2000 census)

Religions: Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, other Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%, none 14.8% (2000 census)

GDP (PPP): $339 billion       GDP per capita: $62,400 (rank: 5/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.