was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the
Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became
independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world's most
prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port
is one of the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per
capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.
Mandarin, English, Malay, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, and Tamilare