Singapore, Singapore Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Republic of Singapore.

Location: Singapore is in South Eastern Asia, and comprises islands between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Country Climate: Tropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct monsoon seasons – Northeastern monsoon (December to March) and Southwestern monsoon (June to September); inter-monsoon – frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms.

Country Terrain: Lowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve.

Major Languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil.

Major Religions: Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism.

Country Population: 4.7 million (2008 est.) 4.75 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Singapore is a highly developed market-based economy, which has historically revolved around trade. The economy depends heavily on exports and refining imported goods, especially in manufacturing.

Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD).

Country Inflation: 6.5% (2008 est.) -0.2% (2009 est.).

City: Singapore is an island city-state.

City Economy: Singapore has one of the busiest ports in the world.

Cost of Living: Singapore has an overall cost of living index which equates it with high cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Singapore is currently ranked 60 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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