Singapore has many accolades pegged to its brand, bolstering the Republic’s reputation as a key regional and global hub for companies to do business. Discover key facts and rankings about Singapore today.


The Government
Singapore is a republic with a Parliamentary system of government based on the Westminster model.
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The structure of the state is made up of the following:

The Executive

Head of State and Cabinet Head of State: Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam became the third Elected President on 1 September 2011. The President is elected for a fixed term of 6 years.

Led by the Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong (since 12 Aug 2004), Parliament is elected by general election every five years. The first sitting of Parliament was held on 8 Dec 1965. The first general election for Parliament was held on 13 Apr 1968. The present Twelveth Parliament, constituted by general election held on 7 May 2011 has 99 Members of Parliament (MPs) consisting of 87 elected MPs, 3 Non-Constituency MP and 9 Nominated MPs. At the election, voters returned 81 candidates from the People's Action Party (PAP) and 6 candidates from the Worker's Party.

The Judiciary - The Supreme Court and the Subordinate Courts
The Judiciary is one of the three constitutional pillars of government, along with the Legislature and the Executive. As an Organ of State, the Judiciary's function is to administer justice independently.


The people of Singapore are largely descendants of immigrants from the Malay Peninsula, China and the Indian sub-continent.
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As of 2011, the population of Singapore is 5.18 million people, of whom 3.25 million (63%) are citizens while the rest (37%) are permanent residents or foreign workers. There are half a million permanent residents in Singapore in 2011. The resident population does not take into account the 11 million transient visitors who visit Singapore annually.


Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in 2013
The country's standard of living in 2013

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the market value of all officially recognized final goods and services produced within a country in a given period. GDP per capita is often considered an indicator of a country's standard of living; GDP per capita is not a measure of personal income.

Trade 2013
The country's trade, import and export figures
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Singapore's trade, import and export figures for the Year 2013

Productivity and Inflation
Annual Growth in Labour Productivity and Inflation Rate
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Labour productivity and annual inflation rate of the nation

Statistics on the manufacturing sector of Singapore

Statistics on the manufacturing sector are collected and compiled by the Research and Statistics Unit of the Economic Development Board.


Investment Commitments in Manufacturing1 and Services by Industry Cluster
Investment Commitments in Manufacturing and Services by Industry Cluster

1 Including servicing, engineering and R&D.
Note:  The industries are classified according to SSIC 2010.

For the figures from 2006 onwards, please download here (excel, 14kb)

Investment Commitments in Manufacturing1 and Services by Country of Origin
Investment Commitments in Manufacturing and Services by Country of Origin

1  Including servicing, engineering and R&D.

For the figures from 2006 onwards, please download here (excel, 14kb)


Employment 2013
Labour related figures for the year 2013

The labour force figures of Singapore in 2013

Central Provident Fund (CPF)
The Central Provident Fund is a compulsory social security savings scheme that employers and employees contribute to. It is applicable only to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents.
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CPF is meant to take care of workers’ financial needs at retirement as well as other areas such as healthcare, home ownership, investment and medical insurance. There are 3.51 million CPF members and the CPF balance stood at $252,968.6 million (as of December 2013)

Wage Policies
The National Wages Council was set up to formulate wage guidelines to be in line with long-term economic growth for the Singapore government.
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The National Wages Council is made up of representatives from the government, employers groups & trade unions. The council advises the government on wage policies, and issues guidelines that are in line with long term economic objectives . There are 70 registered employees' trade unions and three employer unions and a federation of employee trade union, also known as the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC). NTUC works closely with the government and business sector to look after workers' interests.


Literacy and Education
The main language of instruction in Singapore is English, which was officially designated the first language within the local education system in 1987
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* Based on the population aged 15 years and above
** Based on the population of non-students aged 25 years and above
*** Based on the population of non-students aged 25 and above


Transport and Communications
Transport and Communications figures of Singapore in Year 2013
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* Refers to Changi Airport only

Services and Tourism - 2013
2013 figures for the services and tourism industry of the nation
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* not including land arrivals from Malaysia
** Data under the column for '% change (y-o-y)' refer to percentage point change.

Airport Statistics
Airport Statistics up to 2013

Source: Changi Airport Group

Mobile Penetration
Mobile Penetration of Singapore
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Source: IDA POI

Note: "Mobile Phone Penetration" is computed using the total number of mobile subscriptions divided by the total population.

Broadband Internet Subscriptions
Broadband internet subscription for 2013

Source: IDA POI


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