officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island
city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula,
137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator, south
of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of Indonesia's
Riau Islands. At 710.2 km2 (274.2 sq mi), Singapore
is a microstate and the smallest nation in Southeast
Asia. It is substantially larger than Monaco and Vatican
City, the only other present-day sovereign city-states.
is an alpha World City. Singapore is unique as it
is the only country in Asia which has English as its
first language. Singapore also has one of the highest
percentage of foreigners in the world. 36% of the
population in Singapore are foreigners and foreigners
make up 50% of the service sector in Singapore.
before independence in 1965, Singapore was already
one of the richest states in East Asia due to its
strategic location as a trading port. Its GDP per
capita then was $511, roughly the same as Portugal.
In comparison, both South Korea and China had a GDP
per capita of $105 and $90 respectively in 1965 After
independence, Foreign direct investment into Singapore
and a state-led drive to industrialization based on
plans drawn up by Goh Keng Swee and Albert Winsemius
have created a modern economy focused on industry,
education and urban planning. Singapore is the 5th
wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP (PPP)
per capita and 23rd wealthiest in terms of GDP (nominal)
per capita. As of January 2009, Singapore's official
foreign reserves stand at US$170.3 billion (9th in
the world). The city state is also the second most
crowded country in the world after Monaco.
2009, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Singapore
the tenth most expensive city in the world in which
to livethe third in Asia, after Tokyo and Osaka.
The 2009 Cost of Living survey, by consultancy firm
Mercer, has ranked Singapore similarly as the tenth
most expensive city for expatriates to live in.
population of Singapore including non-residents is
approximately 4.99 million. Singapore is highly cosmopolitan
and diverse with Chinese people forming an ethnic
majority with large populations of Malay, Indian and
other people. English, Malay, Tamil, and Chinese are
the official languages.
Singapore is a parliamentary republic, and the Constitution
of Singapore establishes representative democracy
as the nation's political system. The People's
Action Party (PAP) dominates the political process
and has won control of Parliament in every election
since self-government in 1959. Freedom House ranks
Singapore as "partly free" in its "Freedom
in the World report" and The Economist ranks
Singapore as a "hybrid regime" in its "Democracy
article: Media of Singapore
Around 78,000 people work in the
media in Singapore, including publishing, print, broadcasting,
film, music, digital and IT media sectors. The industry
contributed 1.56% to Singapore's gross domestic product
(GDP) in 2001 with an annual turnover of S$10 billion($6.6b,€5.1b).
The industry grew at an average rate of 7.7% annually
from 1990 to 2000, and the government seeks to increase
its GDP contribution to 3% by 2012.
The "Singapore government" says the media
play an important role in the country, and describes
the city as one of the key strategic media centres
in the Asia-Pacific region. The goal of the government's
Media 21 plan, launched in 2002, is to establish Singapore
as a global media hub.
In its Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index for 2004,
Reporters Without Borders ranked Singapore 147 out
of 167. Most of the local media are directly or indirectly
controlled by the government through shareholdings
of these media entities by the state's investment
arm Temasek Holdings, and are often perceived as pro-government.
Main article: Broadcasting in Singapore
State-owned MediaCorp operates all seven free-to-air
terrestrial local television channels licensed to
broadcast in Singapore, as well as 14 radio channels.
Radio and television stations are all government-owned
entities. The radio stations are mainly operated by
MediaCorp with the exception of four stations, which
are operated by SAFRA Radio and SPH UnionWorks respectively.
The Cable and IPTV Pay-TV Service are owned by Starhub
TV and Singtel Mio TV. Private ownership of satellite
dish receivers capable of viewing uncensored televised
content from abroad is illegal.
are a total of 16 newspapers in active circulation.
Daily newspapers are published in English, Chinese,
Malay and Tamil.
print media are dominated by Singapore Press Holdings
(SPH), government-linked publisher of the flagship
English-language daily, The Straits Times. SPH publishes
all other daily newspapers, including a free bilingual
daily, My Paper -- which claims to be the world's
first, with equal coverage in both English and Chinese
-- with the exception of Today, a free English-language
tabloid published by the state-owned broadcaster MediaCorp,
as well as an online version. Most of these papers
have parallel online versions. English-language SPH
papers available online include The Straits Times,
Business Times, and The New Paper.
are also several popular magazines circulating in
Singapore, like i-weekly, 8 days, Citta Bella, Her
World, Brides, Men's Health and FHM Singapore. (Credit:
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