An island country with 63 surrounding islets, the Republic of Singapore has a population of approximately 5 million people and has become a regional and global economic powerhouse. Translated as Lion City, the city-state’s economy is based largely on international trade and finance, with a strong electronics manufacturing presence.

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with high temperatures and humidity year round. Although there are no distinctive seasons, long daylight hours are a constant 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Food and dining out is king in Singapore – with foodies relishing in excellent fare from the small, off-the-beaten-path noodle shops to the ultra-chic and trendy hotel restaurants.

Typically ranked on Top-50 Lists of the ‘best cities’ in which to live in the world based on a variety of criteria – from political and social environments to housing and public transportation – Singapore’s safe surroundings and low crime rate make it one the most livable international cities.