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Singapore is very small but wealthy city-state in with very mixed cultural influences. It was founded as a trading colony in 1819 and has a population of roughly 5 million people as of April 2013.

Quote from Wikitravel:

Singapore is a microcosm of Asia, populated by Chinese, Malays, Indians, and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the globe. Singapore has a partly deserved reputation for sterile predictability that has earned it descriptions like William Gibson's "Disneyland with the death penalty" or the "world's only shopping mall with a seat in the United Nations". Nevertheless, the Switzerland of Asia is for many a welcome respite from the poverty, dirt, chaos, and crime of much of the Asian mainland, and if you scratch below the squeaky clean surface and get away from the tourist trail you'll soon find more than meets the eye.

Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Singapore

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore

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