The city-state of Singapore can be called one of the most unusual places in Asia. Now this country is the most important trading center of the region, and is also considered the main port of Asia. Since its founding, Singapore has attracted millions of tourists from all over the world. In a fairly small area, ancient colonial quarters, modern skyscrapers, beautiful green parks and always noisy shopping areas could fit in. Almost all the famous sights of Singapore are evenly located in the three main areas.
Geography of Singapore
According to itypemba, this city-state is located in Southeast Asia and consists of several large islands and about 60 small ones. The main island – Singapore is separated from the Malay Peninsula by a kilometer strait, and in the north there is a dam that connects Malaysia and Singapore.
The area of Singapore is 694 km. sq., occupies the 191st place in the world in terms of area.
The national currency is the Singapore dollar (SGD).
The official language is English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil.
Visa to Singapore
To enter Singapore, all citizens of the CIS must have a visa, and from December 1, 2009, you can get a short-term visa only in those companies that have been accredited by the Embassy of Singapore. To apply for a visa, you must submit documents in digital form, you can also submit them in paper form, but in this case you will be charged additional funds for digitization. The visa is issued within three working days.
Weather in Singapore
Singapore has an equatorial maritime climate, which means it is hot and humid all year round. At almost any time of the year, the temperature is +25 +30 C. The coldest time falls on November-January, when the daytime temperature can drop to +24 C. Annually, about 600-1300 mm of precipitation falls in Singapore, with most of they fall in December-March. Humidity rarely drops below 65%, and sometimes reaches 96%. Since the country’s climate is the same at almost any time of the year, the tourist season here lasts all year round.
Currency exchange in Singapore
As of September 2011, the national currency rate is 1 USD = 1.2 SGD. The national currency is the Singapore dollar. Banks are open on weekdays from 09.30 to 15.00, and on Saturday until 11.00. In the Orchad Road area, many banks are open on Sundays until 15.00. Most exchange offices are located in shopping areas and some of them are open only until 17.00, so it is advisable to change the currency in advance. The main means of payment in Singapore are credit cards, which you can use to pay almost anywhere. ATMs, which are located in any institution, have become very widespread.
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Most of the believing population professes Buddhism (42%). 15 and 15 percent Islam and Christianity respectively. Most educated people are atheists.
Security in the country is at a very high level and even in the most remote areas, law enforcement agencies maintain public safety. However, there are cases of fraud and pickpocketing in places with a large concentration of tourists, so it is worth taking basic precautions.
The work of medical services is impeccable. The medical staff speak English and are qualified. Many hotels have their own doctors, and pharmacies are widespread throughout the country. Calling an ambulance is free, but you have to pay for a subsequent visit to the doctor. In case of danger to life, the patient is admitted free of charge at the main Singapore hospital.