Singapore, Republic of Singapore

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Singapore is a southeast Asian city-state  that has 63 islands.  Highly urbanized at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is the world's fourth-leading financial center and has one of the world's businest ports.

With just over 5 million people in Singapore, its parliamentary government is based in English common law and considered one of the least corrupt, but with a price: It has no trial by jury and includes a form of caning as a punishment, which has resulted in bad publicity.  Rated top for order and security, it rates low for freedoms of speech and assembly.

Nevertheless, the multicultural Singapore -- two in five people are foreigners -- offers a blend of Asia and the West that is very appealing to many.  Its focus on food and dining is a national pastime with Chinese, Malay and Indian food styles being popular.  Since the 1990s, Singapore has been pushing its arts and culture as a gateway between East and West.   Also popular:  shopping and a vibrant nightlife.





  • Tropical rainforest

Physical Environment

  • Beaches within 25 miles
  • City with at least one 50-story building
  • Tropical island


  • Local professional ballet
  • Local film festival
  • Ethnic restaurants
  • Active club/bar/music scene
  • Local community theatre
  • Fine art museum
  • Major public college in downtown
  • Local professional symphony


  • Conservative


  • $$$$$ -- Wow, it's expensive


  • Nearby surfing
  • Public golf course
  • Casino gaming within 25 miles
  • Professional sports
  • Biking, hiking, running trails
  • Downtown yoga studio


  • Lots of downtown living space
  • International airport
  • Safe bike corridors
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods


  • Public-assisted (govt.) health insurance
  • Community swimming pool
  • Emergency medical services within 25 miles
  • University teaching hospital