Singapore is the only sovereign state which is also an island country in the world. Famous for its rich historical heritage, this country is home to around 5.4 million people.
Data obtained from Changi Airport weather station
Singapore's economy predominately relies on the export and import of goods - particularly in manufacturing - including electronics, chemicals and mechanical engineering amongst others. A large part of Singapore's industry relies on tourism, with in excess of 10 million travellers visiting every year. With a very busy port, the country is also a major ship repairer. It is one of the top oil refining centres in the world, as well as being the world's largest oil rig producer.
If you time your journey right you can take in one of the many festivals which Singapore hosts throughout the year. Dragon boat crews from all over the world head to Singapore for the annual Dragon Boat Festival which is held in Bedok Reservoir. Another interesting festival is the Hungry Ghost Festival which takes place every year in August as the Chinese in Singapore pay their respects to the dead. There are grand feasts, puppet shows and opera performances.
The country has many popular sports, from football and basketball to cricket and swimming, plus many more activities. Sports are not just land-based, water sports are all the rage too, like water skiing and scuba diving.
Visiting the theme park Universal Studios is a must when in Singapore, and not just for the children. If you are looking for something a little more relaxing then take a stroll around Singapore Botanical Gardens, which were founded more than 150 years ago. Singapore Zoo has been dubbed the world's best rainforest zoo and contains monkeys, elephants and tigers among others.
Famous people born in Singapore include Jackson Rathbone who starred in the Twilight movies, as well as violinist Vanessa-Mae.
Singapore has a very wet climate with significant rainfall in every month of the year; the wettest months being November to January. The high rainfall totals in these months are also associated with frequent thunderstorms and high humidity.
Last updated: 14 March 2014