Singapore international school for global students

Essential Info for Singapore

Flag of SingaporePopulation: Over 5.4 million

Capital city: Singapore

Neighbouring countries: Malaysia, Indonesia

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: Parliamentary republic

Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity

Main languages: The official languages of Singapore are English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil. English is the language of administration and is widely used in the professional and academic worlds. Singlish, a patois combination of English, Chinese and Malay syntax and idiom, is also widely spoken.

Money: The Singapore Dollar (SGD) is divided into 100 cents.

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, square-shaped plugs 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. In fact, hiring or buying a car in Singapore can be difficult as one needs to obtain a Certificate of Entitlement, which can be costly. Furthermore, imported cars have a 41 percent customs duty imposed on them. These are all measures enforced to discourage people from driving in Singapore.

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