Singapore – Short History and Culture
Singapore had been a part of various local empires since it was first inhabited in the second century AD. Modern Singapore was founded as a trading post of the East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 with permission from the Sultanate of Johor. The British obtained full sovereignty over the island in 1824 and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Singapore was occupied by the Japanese in World War II and reverted to British rule after the war. It became internally self-governing in 1959. Singapore united with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963 and became a fully independent state two years later after separation from Malaysia. Since then it has had a massive increase in wealth, and is one of the Four Asian Tigers.
The economy depends heavily on the industry and service sectors. Singapore is a world leader in several areas: It is the world’s fourth-leading financial centre, the world’s second-biggest casino gambling market, and the world’s third-largest oil refining centre.The country is also a popular tourist destination as you will find a lot of people from all across the world travelling to Singapore to have a time of their life. The night life and the club life are equally famous and so are the places of scenic natural beauty.
Singapore is the island and country, perhaps the best description is of the city state. Like great states of past, it gives civilization in highest degree. The combination of the Western style development & Eastern style calm appears to present best of both the hemispheres: It is the modern metropolis and where you feel very safe walking down the streets, and it is the Asian business center, which is the model of efficiency. And Singapore is as well the multicultural city, and very close to quarter of the population are the expatriates and foreign workers from all across the world. Well known for the desire to become technology hub of the Asia, and Singapore is most wired country in this area. Singapore shares other trait with the historical city states: The authorities strongly think that they will safeguard status quo with the regulations against anything & everything that – in the view – can possibly upset sense of the tranquility. In fact, visitors can find out place isn’t very restrictive as long lists of the hefty fines for these things as littering & jaywalking suggest.