Full name: Republic of Singapore
Population: 5.2 million (UN, 2011)
Capital: Singapore
Area: 660 sq km (255 sq miles)
Major languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
Religions: Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism
Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 84 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Singapore dollar = 100 cents
Main exports: Computer equipment, machinery, rubber products, petroleum products
Internet domain: .sg
International dialling code: +65

Singapore is the first Asian country that Lewis the Lion had ever visited in his life. These are some of the things that he found really cool about it:

*It is a city state called the ‘Lion State’ which Lewis particularly liked for obvious reasons!
*This is the city where the East meets the West. There are clearly strong influences from both sets of cultures, from the architecture to the food and so on
*The variety of styles of food available. There really is an international kitchen. Lewis the Lion particularly loved the Hawker’s Centres: a type of food court but with stalls selling one speciality usually at a very reasonable price
*The weather is tropical: hot and humid with fantastic storms
*The efficient transport system
*The religious tolerance with all the main faith groups represented in their places of worship: churches, temples, synagogues and mosques.

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