The Republic of Singapore is a city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.
Singapore is the busiest port in the world in terms of shipping tonnage.
One of the most famous individuals in the history of modern Singapore is Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.
Around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry.
Singapore's population has grown from a mere 150 people in 1819, to over 5 million people in 2010.
Singapore now has 17 reservoirs that store water for use by industry and residents.