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Singapore is an island country on the Asian continent. The country is in South East Asia. A flight from Singapore to Tokyo takes 8 hours, 13 hours to London/England, 12.5hours to New York/USA.

Singapore was founded as a British colony by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. During World War II, Singapore was occupied by the Japanese. It became independent in 1965. Much of the country is built on sand on reclaimed land. The sand is imported mainly from Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Singapore is a city state which is connected via a bridge and a freeway to the mainland of Malaysia.

Singapore is not only one island! 63 islands belong to the city state and are dotted around the Singapore coastline, most of these islands are inhabited.

Singapore comes from the Sanskrit name 'Singapura' which means 'lion city'. The Merlion, the country's national symbol, has been inspired by the city's name.

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