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Singapore will take 'appropriate measures' to safeguard its interest: Vivian Balakrishnan  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: In resolving bilateral issues, Singapore will always take appropriate measures to safeguard its national interest, Minister of Foreign ...

Channel NewsAsia
Singapore may restrict LGBTI adoption after gay father adopted biological son  ABC News

Singapore looks to tighten its adoption laws after a gay man won an appeal to legally adopt his biological son in a landmark court ruling last year, its Social ...

ABC News
Bird found onboard business class flight from Singapore to Heathrow  The Independent

A mynah bird was discovered on board a flight from Singapore to the UK. The bird, native to southern Asia, was found around 12 hours into the Singapore ...

The Independent
Bali cops question Indonesian man at Singapore hospital without authorisation  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - An Indonesian businessman with interests in the hotel industry and real estate claimed two police officers from Bali tried to take him back to the ...

The Straits Times
Rift with Malaysia unlikely to be resolved soon: Singapore minister  South China Morning Post

Singapore's diplomatic rift with Malaysia over airspace and maritime boundaries is unlikely to go away soon, the Lion City's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan ...

South China Morning Post
S$75m grant to boost Singapore as enterprise financing hub  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will launch a new S$75 million grant to help enterprises seeking to raise capital through ...

Channel NewsAsia
Singapore not afraid to use 'sharp elbows' to safeguard national interests, says Dr Balakrishnan  TODAYonline

SINGAPORE — Questioning Malaysia's sincerity in resolving the bilateral disputes, several Members of Parliament (MPs) on Monday (Jan 14) wanted to know ...

TODAYonline
Guangdong Customs seizes 'world's most dangerous fruit' from Singapore: Cannonball tree fruit  The Straits Times

Customs officers in southern China seized a cannonball tree fruit - which they said could potentially explode - from a traveller who was returning from Singapore ...

The Straits Times
Cable ship capsizes near Singapore after tanker collision  The Straits Times

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - An undersea cable and pipe-laying ship, the Vanuatu-flagged MV Star Centurion, capsized in the Indonesian waters of the Singapore ...

The Straits Times
Construction demand in Singapore to stay strong, reach up to $32b this year: BCA  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Construction demand is expected to remain strong this year due to sustained public sector contracts, as the industry continues to recover from a ...

The Straits Times
5 Cheapest Cars In Singapore That You Can Buy In 2019  Yahoo Singapore News

In some other countries, you could have bought a Mercedes E Class or even a Porsche Cayman at these "cheap" prices. The post 5 Cheapest Cars In Singapore ...

Yahoo Singapore News
Aircons bad for Singaporeans, builds up global warming effects on Singapore  The Independent

Discovered to be a huge contributor to the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect in Singapore is the reliance on air-conditioners within housing blocks and office ...

The Independent
32 O-level additional mathematics Paper 2 scripts from Singapore lost in Britain  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - An examiner's bag containing 32 O-level additional mathematics scripts from Singapore was taken by mistake by a train passenger in Britain in ...

The Straits Times
Most expensive city in the world is Singapore; Paris, Zurich follow  Business Insider

For the fifth year running, Singapore is the most expensive city in the world. It's followed by Paris and Zurich in a tie for second place.

Business Insider
Singapore otters a hit overseas  AsiaOne

National Geographic photographer Stefano Unterthiner, 48, from Italy has been to more than 30 countries and photographed exotic wildlife such as the Komodo ...

AsiaOne
Singapore opposition Workers' Party fears 'wipe-out' as election nears - World  The Star Online

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The leader of Singapore's only opposition party with members in parliament said there is a real risk it could lose all its seats as the ...

The Star Online
Community clubs play a 'special role' in Singapore: PM Lee  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Community clubs (CCs) play a special role in Singapore as they serve the needs of the community and provide a communal space for ...

Channel NewsAsia
RTS service likely to start after 2024, Singapore warns  Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Singapore today cast doubts that a rail *service* linking the republic to Johor Bahru will commence in 2024, as initially projected, and has ...

Free Malaysia Today
Singapore's only opposition party fears 'wipe-out' as election nears  New Straits Times Online

SINGAPORE: The leader of Singapore's only elected opposition party said there is a real risk it could lose all its seats as the city-state prepares for an election in ...

New Straits Times Online
Singapore online businesses most globalised, but say government policies the biggest hindrance: Survey  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singapore is home to the highest percentage of online businesses selling globally, according to a report published by technology firm Stripe that ...

The Straits Times
State Bank of Mauritius files complaint with Singapore police to track down hackers  Economic Times

By: Rashmi Rajput Mumbai: The State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) has filed a complaint with the Singapore police to track down unknown hackers who allegedly ...

Economic Times
Why Singapore is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world  Channel NewsAsia

Extreme heat, combined with the island's high humidity, could be life-threatening, the programme Why It Matters discovers.

Channel NewsAsia
Animal smuggling cases in Singapore turn spotlight on the underground pet trade  The Straits Times

Three attempts to smuggle animals into Singapore were foiled in less than a month. Animal welfare groups fear more may be getting past the checkpoints.. Read ...

The Straits Times
Aberdeen Standard Investments pumps US$13m minority equity in Singapore Life  The Business Times

LIFE insurance firm Singapore Life on Tuesday announced its latest cash investment in a series of Series B transactions. The Aberdeen Standard Investments' ...

The Business Times
O-level students set new pass record in 2018  AsiaOne

SINGAPORE - Students who sat last year's O-level examinations set a new record, with 84.8 per cent of the cohort attaining five or more passes. This is up from ...

AsiaOne
Guam teachers learn Singapore Math  Pacific News Center

With standardized test scores for American students faltering educators have been clamoring for a solution. GDOE feels they have found something that can help ...

Pacific News Center
Taiwanese bubble tea chain The Alley coming to Singapore  Channel NewsAsia

They are known for their handmade Deerioca tapioca pearls.

Channel NewsAsia
Singapore and the Czech Republic have more in common than Bata shoes and beer: PM Lee  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Bata shoes and beer. These are two strong associations that Singaporeans have with the Czech Republic.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

The Straits Times
Singapore's Loh Kean Yew stuns China badminton legend in Thailand  The Independent

IN probably the most unbelievable David-Goliath sporting tales in Singapore history, badminton unknown Loh Kean Yew (above) scored a sensational victory ...

The Independent
Wedding ang bao rates in Singapore (2019) - How much should you give?  AsiaOne

Wedding dinners in Singapore can sometimes be a mercenary affair. Even if you never spend more than $5 on meals and always make a beeline for the cai png ...

AsiaOne
Azmin: Malaysia, Singapore transport ministers to meet Jan 24 | Malaysia  Malay Mail

SINGAPORE, Jan 14 — The meeting between the Transport Ministers of Malaysia and Singapore is expected to be held on January 24 to discuss the airspace ...

Malay Mail
Premier League sets up Singapore office to fight piracy  SportsPro Media

English soccer's Premier League has announced that it will open its first international office in Singapore to ramp up the fight against piracy and support its ...

SportsPro Media
Football: Singapore striker Ikhsan Fandi signs contract with Norwegian side  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Singapore's national footballer Ikhsan Fandi has signed a two-year contract with Norwegian second tier side Raufoss IL, the club announced on ...

Channel NewsAsia
New, 'good-as-new' notes available from Jan 15  Channel NewsAsia

Customers will be able to withdraw these notes at 42 POSB new notes pop-up ATMS, an increase from the 36 last year, according to a media statement.

Channel NewsAsia
Azmin Ali : Fruitful outcome of HSR negotiations with Singapore a few months ago laid foundation for positive working relationship to resolve issues  The Edge Markets MY

Azmin Ali : Fruitful outcome of HSR negotiations with Singapore a few months ago laid foundation for positive working relationship to resolve issues.

The Edge Markets MY
Singapore says Malaysia ties in 'downward spiral' but hopes for amicable outcome | Malaysia  Malay Mail

SINGAPORE, Jan 14 — Singapore's foreign minister said today ties with neighbouring Malaysia have been in a “downward spiral” over a series of maritime and ...

Malay Mail
Father of British DJ jailed in Singapore says he was too harsh on his ex-public schoolboy son  Daily Mail

The father of a British former public schoolboy sentenced to 24 strokes of the cane and jailed for 20 years for drugs offences in Singapore has revealed his guilt ...

Daily Mail
Competition: Singapore Founders' Memorial | Competition  Architects Journal

The Singapore Institute of Architects has launched an international contest for a landmark new memorial to the country's founders.

Architects Journal
Impossible Burgers coming to Singapore in first half of 2019  The Business Times

THE BUSINESS TIMES Technology - COMPANIES backed by Singapore investors made their presence felt at the CES show in Las Vegas last week.

The Business Times
SingHealth cyberattack: IHiS sacks 2 employees, imposes financial penalty on CEO  Channel NewsAsia

Several other IHiS employees were commended for handling the incident beyond their job scope and responsibilities.

Channel NewsAsia
Singapore club Balestier Khalsa sign Croatian duo Sime Zuzul and Kristijan Krajcek  FOX Sports Asia

Balestier Khalsa have announced the signing of Croatian duo Sime Zuzul and Kristijan Krajcek for the 2019 Singapore Premier League (SPL).

FOX Sports Asia
Gojek's measured entry into Singapore could be part of its long-term goals, say experts  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE -Indonesian ride-hailing firm Gojek's measured entry into Singapore is symptomatic of the market conditions here and also hints at its long-term ...

The Straits Times
The South Korean footballer who wants to play for Singapore  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: When he first arrived in Singapore as a *fresh*-faced teenager a little over seven years ago, the sum of Song Ui-young's English vocabulary totalled ...

Channel NewsAsia
China's grand railways: Is Singapore the vital link?  The Independent

With China's planned 3,000-km pan-Asian railway network, Chinese rail lines will extend further south, extending through Malaysia and feeding into Singapore.

The Independent
Singapore man taken to hospital after power bank explodes in his pocket  INQUIRER.net

A man was taken to hospital last Friday evening after suffering burns from a power bank, which had exploded in his pocket.

INQUIRER.net
Osman insists he did not trespass into Singapore waters  New Straits Times

JOHOR BAHRU: Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian insisted again today that he did not trespass into Singapore waters last Wednesday.

New Straits Times
Singapore-backed technology firms make waves at CES  The Business Times

THE BUSINESS TIMES Technology - THOSE who are familiar with Creative Technology's Super X-Fi headphone holography may have felt a pinch of déjà vu ...

The Business Times
Davis Love III off to Singapore Open next week, chasing a British Open exemption  Golf Digest

HONOLULU -- Davis Love III couldn't resist the lure of the SMBC Singapore Open for the same reason he couldn't pass up a chance to compete in the ...

Golf Digest
China boycotts Apple, will Singapore follow suit?  The Independent

With the U.S. government and China in the middle of trade dispute negotiations, Chinese consumers' shunning Apple iPhones could become another trigger ...

The Independent
Netizens applaud mover in Singapore for returning S$50000 he found one day during his job  The Independent

Singapore – Honesty is the best policy. One company can rest assured that its people are not only doing their jobs but are also honest in doing so. Mr. Jake, who ...

The Independent
Singapore, Vietnam shortlisted for second Trump-Kim summit: Report  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Shortlisted venues for a second summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are likely to ...

Channel NewsAsia
Singapore, Malaysia maritime dispute: 2 Malaysia vessels still in Singapore waters  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: As many as five Malaysian government vessels have been seen in Singapore territorial waters, in the wake of a positive meeting between ...

Channel NewsAsia
India's Amaravati smart city project a launchpad for Singapore firms  The Straits Times

For Singapore-based Cutech Group, the opportunity to help build the new capital city of Amaravati, India's first smart city, in southern Andhra Pradesh state, ...

The Straits Times
Singapore needs to relook way it uses resources if it's to become a zero-waste nation: Masagos  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singapore has to relook the way it uses resources if it is to achieve its vision of becoming a zero-waste nation, said Minister for the Environment ...

The Straits Times
Man Trying to Smuggle Kittens Into Singapore Foiled by Officers Who Heard 'Meowing' From a Bulge in His Pants  TIME

Authorities in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore say they have foiled a man's attempt to smuggle four kittens across a land border from neighboring ...

TIME
Singapore can be global hub for bridging cultures: Heng Swee Keat  The Straits Times

With globalisation, Singaporeans are more likely to gain an advantage in cross-border negotiations, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.. Read more at ...

The Straits Times
Important for Singapore, Malaysia to find 'win-win solutions': Heng Swee Keat  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: It is important for Singapore and Malaysia to find win-win solutions that benefit the people of both countries, said Finance Minister ...

Channel NewsAsia
Workforce Singapore making progress in helping workers displaced by economic restructuring: PM  The Business Times

THE BUSINESS TIMES Government & Economy - WORKFORCE Singapore (WSG) is gaining momentum in its efforts to help workers who are victims of ...

The Business Times
Singapore is best country for expats, study finds  The Independent

Singapore is the best country for expats, according to an HSBC study. The Asian country has topped the bank's annual Expat Explorer survey, which analyses ...

The Independent
2 Singapore Blue Chips That Have More Than Doubled Their Profits In The Last Decade  The Motley Fool Singapore

Two blue chip companies that managed to double their net profit in the last 10 years.

The Motley Fool Singapore
Enhanced crowd control measures to be in place for BTS Singapore concert  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: There will be enhanced crowd management measures around the National Stadium for K-pop sensation BTS' concert on Jan 19, said Singapore .

Channel NewsAsia
Bill that sets new legal tender limits for coins passed in Parliament  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: The number of coins that a buyer can use in a single transaction will be streamlined and standardised to 20 coins per denomination ...

Channel NewsAsia
Go-Jek to go full swing in Singapore from Jan 2  Channel NewsAsia

Singapore's newest private-hire car player, Go-Jek, extended its *service* islandwide on Wednesday (Jan 2). The news was welcomed by its drivers, and even ...

Channel NewsAsia
Two Strategic Days in Singapore: Where to Splurge, Where to Save  The Wall Street Journal

No need to be crazy rich to live it up in the island-nation of Singapore. Here, two daylong itineraries—one for $1684 a day, the other for $349 a day (including ...

The Wall Street Journal
From brothels to spiral staircases, photographer captures unseen Singapore  CNN

Photographer Nguan reimagines the city-state as a land of surreal beauty and fairytale colors.

CNN
Rise in male infertility in Singapore mirrors global sperm crisis  The Business Times

THE BUSINESS TIMES Life & Culture - [SINGAPORE] When Don (not his real name) found out the reason he and his wife could not conceive after trying for 11/2 ...

The Business Times
Bangladesh looks to Singapore to trial offshore NID card project for expats  bdnews24.com

The Election Commission is likely to pick Singapore to trial a project for providing expatriate Bangladeshis with national identity or NID cards.

bdnews24.com
Singapore home sales face billion-dollar litmus test - Business News  The Star Online

SINGAPORE: Barely a week into 2019 and Singapore's residential home sales market is facing a S$1.1 billion ($811 million) litmus test.

The Star Online
Singapore's PAP managing uncertainty  East Asia Forum

Author: Bridget Welsh, John Cabot University. Singapore's 2018 was eventful. Key developments had less to do with the city-state's ASEAN chairmanship and ...

East Asia Forum
World's first Pusheen cafe opening in Singapore  CNN

Pusheen, the chubby gray tabby who can often be found in stuffed animal or emoji form, will get a pop-up cafe that's due to open in Singapore in January 2019.

CNN
'Disappearing' Raffles statue a teaser for Singapore Bicentennial  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: People walking along the Singapore River over the weekend might have been shocked to see that the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles - a ...

Channel NewsAsia
The Big Read: Breaking Singapore's workaholic culture  Channel NewsAsia

For Singapore workers to continue putting in the same long hours as their cohorts of yesteryear would mean less or even little time to care for ...

Channel NewsAsia
Will Singapore go to the polls in 2019? Watch the Budget to find out  South China Morning Post

SINGAPORE'S LEADER Lee Hsien Loong knows there's little he or his tiny island state can do to determine the outcome of the ongoing US-China trade tussle.

South China Morning Post
Singapore activist found guilty of hosting ‘illegal assembly’ via Skype  TechCrunch

An ongoing case in Singapore is testing the legal boundaries of virtual conferences. A court in the Southeast Asian city-state this week convicted human rights ...

TechCrunch
Singapore must know how to deal with its neighbours, maintain good ties but also look after its interests: PM Lee  The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singapore has to know how to deal with its neighbours and maintain good relations, but look after its own interests at the same time, said Prime ...

The Straits Times
'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Astronomy lovers in the region, including in Singapore and Malaysia, may want to stay up on Thursday (Jan 3) night with the first - and possibly ...

Channel NewsAsia
Singapore's private home prices rise nearly 8% in 2018  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Private home prices in Singapore rose 7.9 per cent in 2018, compared with a 1.1 per cent rise the year before, according to flash ...

Channel NewsAsia
Owners of Singapore diesel-powered vehicles unbothered by three-quarter tank rule  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Owners of Singapore-registered diesel-powered vehicles do not have major concerns about the need to have at least three-quarters of a tank of ...

Channel NewsAsia
1,300 people have bought a Porsche Macan in Singapore. Here's why  The Business Times

BT Motoring: THE BUSINESS TIMES Hub - CAN a mere facelift help Porsche's most popular model stand out in a sea of Sport Utility Vehicles? The German ...

The Business Times
The Weekly Nibble: Best Singapore Shares For 2019  The Motley Fool Singapore

Best shares for 2019, the top Singapore-listed bank in terms of valuation, and two REITs that could be great investments.

The Motley Fool Singapore
Are you up for the longest flight in the world?  CBS News

Singapore Airlines recently launched a 19-hour nonstop flight between New York City to Singapore — and some hardy business travelers can't wait.

CBS News
98% of Singapore students pass IB exams, outperforming global peers  Channel NewsAsia

Singapore students once again performed well above the global average in the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examinations, with a pass rate of 97.99 ...

Channel NewsAsia
What rising interest rates mean for Singapore property  South China Morning Post

As the era of ultra-low interest rates fades, Singaporeans with mortgage payments are feeling the pinch. But is it homeowners or investors who are most at risk of ...

South China Morning Post
Singapore, Malaysia foreign ministers to meet Jan 8 amid airspace, maritime dispute  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Singapore and Malaysia's foreign ministers will meet in Singapore on Jan 8, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday (Jan 1) ...

Channel NewsAsia
Man hiding kittens in pants caught at Tuas Checkpoint  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Four live kittens were found hidden in a Singaporean man's pants by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers on Wednesday ...

Channel NewsAsia
IMDA blocks Singapore Herald website for not removing articles on Singapore-Malaysia maritime dispute  Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Access to the Singapore Herald socio-political website has been blocked after its editors failed to take down "objectionable" articles, the Infocomm ...

Channel NewsAsia
 

Singapore Videos

City of the Future: Singapore – Full Episode | National Geographic
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City of the Future: Singapore – Full Episode | National Geographic
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Singapore Travel Guide - City of the Future
Why Singapore Is Heating Up 2x Faster Than The Planet | Why It Matters | CNA Insider
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Why Singapore Is Heating Up 2x Faster Than The Planet | Why It Matters | CNA Insider
Why this adorable otter family took over Singapore's streets - BBC
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Why this adorable otter family took over Singapore's streets - BBC
Top 10 Places to Visit in Singapore / BEST OF SINGAPORE !
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Top 10 Places to Visit in Singapore / BEST OF SINGAPORE !
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Singapore Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
Biyahe ni Drew: #TravelGoals Singapore  (Full episode)
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The Rare Animals Of Singapore's Botanic Gardens | Wild Cities (featuring Hannah Stitfall)
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The Rare Animals Of Singapore's Botanic Gardens | Wild Cities (featuring Hannah Stitfall)
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Singapore will firmly protect her interests
 

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Marina Bay Sands Panorama, Singapore - Wallpaper #41954
Stationary, Zingmobile Singapore | Smuufy Studio
Stationary, Zingmobile Singapore | Smuufy Studio
Punggol Point LRT station to open on Dec 29
Punggol Point LRT station to open on Dec 29
Cold Flowers - Wedding Fashion - SingaporeBrides.com
Cold Flowers - Wedding Fashion - SingaporeBrides.com
Disembarkation Card of Singapore | Fox Wu | Flickr
Disembarkation Card of Singapore | Fox Wu | Flickr
Florists in Singapore by Star florist - Infogram
Florists in Singapore by Star florist - Infogram
M2M Intelligence logo | RealWire RealResource
M2M Intelligence logo | RealWire RealResource
WKS Industrial Gas - Industrial Gas Supplier Singapore
WKS Industrial Gas - Industrial Gas Supplier Singapore
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Singapore ( (listen)), officially the Republic of Singapore (Malay: Republik Singapura; Chinese: 新加坡共和国; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் குடியரசு), is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles). The country is known for its transition from Third World to First World in a single generation, under the leadership of its founding father, Lee Kuan Yew.Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore in 1819 as a trading post of the British East India Company. After the company's collapse in 1858, the islands were ceded to the British Raj as a crown colony. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but separated two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign nation in 1965. After early years of turbulence and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its workforce.Singapore is a global hub for education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, human capital, innovation, logistics, manufacturing, technology, tourism, trade, and transport. The city ranks highly in numerous international rankings, and has been recognised as the most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), world's smartest city, world's safest country, second-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre, fifth-most innovative country, and the second-busiest container port. The Economist has ranked Singapore as the most expensive city to live in, since 2013. It is identified as a tax haven. Singapore is the only country in Asia with an AAA sovereign rating from all major rating agencies, and one of 11 worldwide. Globally, the Port of Singapore and Changi Airport have held the titles of leading "Maritime Capital" and "Best Airport" respectively for consecutive years, while Singapore Airlines is the 2018 "World's Best Airline".Singapore ranks 9th on the UN Human Development Index with the 3rd highest GDP per capita. It is placed highly in key social indicators: education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety and housing. Although income inequality is high, 90% of homes are owner-occupied. According to the Democracy Index, the country is described as a "flawed democracy". The Singaporean passport is second in the world after Japan for visa-free travel granted by the most countries to its citizens.The city-state is home to 5.6 million residents, 39% of whom are foreign nationals, including permanent residents. There are four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil; most Singaporeans are bilingual and English serves as the nation's lingua franca. Its cultural diversity is reflected in its extensive ethnic cuisine and major festivals. Pew Research has found that Singapore has the highest religious diversity of any country. Multiracialism has been enshrined in its constitution since independence, and continues to shape national policies in education, housing, politics, among others.Singapore is a unitary parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People's Action Party has won every election since self-government began in 1959. As one of the five founding members of ASEAN, Singapore is the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat and Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) Secretariat, as well as many international conferences and events. It is also a member of the East Asia Summit, Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth of Nations.