Essential Info for Singapore

Population: Over 5.7 million

Capital city: Singapore

Neighbouring countries: Singapore is an island city-state off the coast of Malaysia.

Geography: Singapore's terrain is mostly low-lying with a gently undulating central plateau. The city-state consists of 63 islands, including the main island of Singapore Island (Pulau Ujong in Malay). 

Political system: Unitary dominant-party parliamentary republic

Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity

Main languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.

Money: The Singapore Dollar (SGD) is divided into 100 cents. ATMs are plentiful and foreigners can easily open a bank account in Singapore, sometimes without even being in the country.

Tipping: Most hotels and restaurants include a standard 10 percent service charge. An additional gratuity is always appreciated but not necessary.

Time: GMT +8

Electricity: 230 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs with flat blades are used.

Internet domain: .sg

International dialling code: +65

Emergency contacts: 999 (police), 995 (ambulance, fire)

Transport and driving: Drive on the left. Public transport infrastructure in Singapore is excellent and owning a car is not necessary.