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Singapore
Population:
4,353,893 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. It subsequently became one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.
Government type:
parliamentary republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $109.4 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
2.31 million (2002)
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