Singapore is a small island nation-state with a population of close to 5 million people. It is a former British colony that gained its independence in 1965. Singapore is a multiethnic and multireligious society: the three major ethnic groups are Chinese (75 percent), Malay (13 percent), and Indians (9 percent). The country has four official languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. English is the language of administration and commerce and is widely spoken all over the island. Commonly described as one of the “Asian Tigers” or “Little Dragons,” Singapore is among the Asian “miracle economies” that transformed from “Third World” to “First World” in 30 years. It has one of the highest gross domestic products in the world, and its major industries are electronics, ...

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