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Country Overview

Singapore is an island country off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula located approximately 137 kilometers north of the equator, in the Southeast Asian region of the Asian continent. It comprises the main island of Singapore and some 63 offshore islands. The main island has a total land area of 682 square km.

History

The first records of settlement in Singapore are from the 2nd century AD under the rule of Emperor Sumatran Srivijaya and originally had the Javanese name Temasek ('sea town'). Between the 16th and early 19th centuries, Singapore was part of the Sultanate of Johor. In 1613, Portuguese raiders burnt down the settlement at the mouth of Singapore River and the island sank into obscurity for the next two centuries.
The British entered Singapore in 1819 to develop the southern part of Singapore as a British trading post and settlement. It officially became a British colony in August 1824 by a treaty signed by the British East India Company and Malay Sultan who was controlling the Island Territory.
Singapore declared independence from Britain unilaterally in August 1963 and officially gained sovereignty on 9th August 1965.

Economy

Singapore has a highly developed market-based economy. Along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, Singapore is one of the Four Asian Tigers. The economy depends heavily on exports and refining imported goods, especially in manufacturing and includes significant electronics, petroleum refining, chemicals, mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences sectors.

Singapore has one of the busiest ports in the world and is the world's fourth largest foreign exchange trading centre after London, New York and Tokyo. The World Bank ranks Singapore as the world's top logistics hub. Singapore's economy has been ranked amongst the world's ten most open, competitive and innovative. Rated as the most business-friendly economy in the world, Singapore is a hub of many Multinational companies.

Climate

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures range from 22 to 34 °C (71.6 to 93.2 °F).
May and June are the hottest months, while November and December make up the wetter monsoon season. However, there is rainfall throughout the year. From August to October, there is often haze, sometimes severe enough to prompt public health warnings, due to bush fires in neighbouring Indonesia.

Culture

Due to its diverse population and immigrant background, Singaporean culture has often been described as a mix of cultures – British, Malay, Chinese, Indian and Peranakan. Foreigners also make up 42% of the population in Singapore and they play an important role in influencing Singaporean culture.

Food

Singaporean cuisine is an example of the country's diversity and cultural diffusion; with significant influences from British, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Tamil cuisine, and Indonesian cuisine. Typical Singaporean food includes the satay, nasi lemak, fish and chips and the famed Hainanese chicken rice.
While there are fancy restaurants offering every kind of cuisine, there are also fast food chains, hawker centers where you can have a very satisfying meal for a few dollars. You can have Chinese noodles, with an Indian curry & a Malay side dish followed by a French dessert.

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day – January 1st
  • Chinese New Year – 1st and 2nd days of Chinese calendar
  • Good Friday – varies every year
  • Labour Day – May 1st
  • Vesak Day (Birth of Buddha) – varies every year
  • National Day – August 9th (Singapore Independence Day)
  • Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan month) – varies every year
  • Deepavali (Hindu Holiday) – varies every year
  • Hari Raya Haji (Feast of the Sacrifice) – varies every year
  • Christmas Day – December 25th

Time Zones

Singapore Standard Time (SST) – 2:30 hours plus IST
* IST – Indian Standard Time

Facts

  • Full name: Republic of Singapore
  • Population: 49,87,600 (2009 estimates)
  • Capital: Singapore
  • Area: 710.2 sq km
  • Official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil
  • Major religion: Buddhism
  • Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 82 years (women)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Singapore dollar SGD)
  • Main exports: machinery and equipment, electronics, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and mineral fuels
  • GNI per capita: $47,940 (World Bank, 2008)
  • Internet domain: .sg
  • International dialing code: +65

 

 

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Contry Overview

LIFE In Germany

Germany life is an incredible mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking, held together by a strong sense of identity and tradition. Study in the Germany and you’ll find an array of exciting experiences to discover - music, celebrations, accents, people to meet, places to visit – the list is endless. As the Germany is such a cosmopolitan society you’ll find that many Germany customs are already familiar to you – so you’ll settle in faster than you think.'

Germany entertainment for international students

Music is a big part of Germany culture. Whether you just listen or take part, you’ll find pop, rock, electro, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, opera and all sorts of world music. From small clubs, independent cafes and bars to international scale concert halls, rock festivals or gigs, you can listen and dance to live music all over the Germany. Many big-name and independent artists and bands play at Germany university or college venues too.

Apart from a wealth of clubs and societies on campus or in local communities, you can visit traditional museums, contemporary art spaces and galleries in most Germany cities. Sculpture, painting, video and photography are widely available to see in the Germany. The Germany also has a vibrant theatre and performing arts heritage, maintaining both traditional plays and musicals, and encouraging new and alternative productions.

There are cinemas in almost every Germany town and city, showing feature films from all over the world. There are also many film festivals in Britain, focusing on themes in film, specific directors or animation.

To find out more about music, theatre, films and exhibitions in the Germany, visit the What’s On Germany website.

Germany leisure activities

The Germany offers an incredible and beautiful landscape for walking, climbing, cycling, mountain-biking anrunning. The mountains of Scotland and Wales, the rolling hills of England and Northern Ireland, the Lake District and the Yorkshire moors, as well as the coastline of all parts of the Germany will be all around you.

Many Germany institutions have state-of-the-art sports facilities, but you can also use local authority or private leisure centers to keep fit and healthy. As a student in the Germany, there are many opportunities to attend or participate in organized sports activities, or get involved in charitable events like sponsored walks and runs. You could even try to join the world famous London Marathon or one of the increasingly popular Bupa Great Runs.

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Country Overview

Canada is as varied as it is vast, stretching over 7,000km from the Atlantic to the Pacific. 90% of the country's 34 million inhabitants live less than 100 miles of the US border in the south leaving the majority of the 10,000,000 square kilometers of wilderness untouched.

Canada is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories in the north. The Yukon Territory, Northwest Territory and Nunavut make up Canada's three territories which umbrella the provinces in the south. The majority of the territories remain uninhabited and air transport is often the only way around.

History

The first inhabitants of Canada were native Indian peoples, primarily the Inuit (Eskimo). The Norse explorer Leif Eriksson probably reached the shores of Canada (Labrador or Nova Scotia) in 1000, but the history of the white man in the country actually began in 1497, when John Cabot, an Italian in the service of Henry VII of England, reached Newfoundland or Nova Scotia. Canada was taken for France in 1534 by Jacques Cartier.

The actual settlement of New France, as it was then called, began in 1604 at Port Royal in what is now Nova Scotia; in 1608, Québec was founded. France's colonization efforts were not very successful, but French explorers by the end of the 17th century had penetrated beyond the Great Lakes to the western prairies and south along the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, the English Hudson's Bay Company had been established in 1670. Because of the valuable fisheries and fur trade, a conflict developed between the French and English; in 1713, Newfoundland, Hudson Bay, and Nova Scotia (Acadia) were lost to England.

During the Seven Years' War (1756–1763), England extended its conquest, and the British general James Wolfe won his famous victory over Gen. Louis Montcalm outside Québec on Sept. 13, 1759. The Treaty of Paris in 1763 gave England control.

Later in 1776, the year of American Independence, colonists loyal to the British Empire fled USA and settled in Canada.

 

Economy

Canada is one of the world's wealthiest nations, with a high per-capita income, and it is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the G8.

It is one of the world's top ten trading nations. Canada is a mixed market, ranking above the U.S. on the Heritage Foundation's index of economic freedom and higher than most western European nations.

As of October 2009, Canada's national unemployment rate was 8.6%. Provincial unemployment rates vary from a low of 5.8% in Manitoba to a high of 17% in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canada is one of the few developed nations that are net exporters of energy. Canada is one of the world's largest suppliers of agricultural products. It is the largest producer of zinc and uranium, and is a global source of many other natural resources, such as gold, nickel, aluminium, and lead.

Canada also has a sizable manufacturing sector centered in southern Ontario and Québec, with automobiles and aeronautics representing particularly important industries.

Climate

In Canada, there are four different seasons: spring, summer, autumn (fall), and winter. In the winter, the days are shorter and colder. In the summer, the days are longer and warmer. Overall, the climate varies dramatically across Canada. Many factors influence climate, such as distance from large bodies of water, latitude, elevation, and prevailing winds.

Some regions, particularly the southern coastal regions, have relatively mild climates. Temperatures might range from -10° to 5° Celsius in the winter and 10°C to 30°C in the summer. In these coastal regions, there is more rain than snow during the winter. Some parts of Canada, such as the West Coast, are quite humid. Other parts, like the Prairies, are very dry.

Culture

Canadian culture has historically been influenced by British, French, and Aboriginal cultures and traditions. Many Canadians value multiculturalism and see Canada as being inherently multicultural. The country's culture has been heavily influenced by American culture because of its proximity and the high rate of migration between the two countries. The great majority of English-speaking immigrants to Canada between 1755 and 1815 were Americans from the Thirteen Colonies; during and immediately after the War of Independence (46,000 Americans loyal to the British crown came to Canada).

American media and entertainment are popular, if not dominant, in English Canada; conversely, many Canadian cultural products and entertainers are successful in the United States and worldwide. Many cultural products are marketed toward a unified "North American" or global market.

Food

The favorite foods of Canadians vary slightly from region to region, and are strongly influenced by their family heritage, especially in relation to holiday celebrations. Along the Atlantic coast, seafood and dishes derived from English traditions (except in Québec) are common. In Québec, favorite foods come from the area's French heritage. Throughout Canada, maple syrup and maple products are popular, reflecting the significance of the maple tree, whose leaf adorns the flag of Canada.

Public Holidays

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Good Friday - varies every year
  • Easter Monday - varies every year
  • Victoria Day - the Monday preceding May 25
  • Canada Day - Jul. 1 (observed on Jul. 2 if Jul. 1 falls on a Sunday)
  • Labour Day - first Monday of Sept.
  • Thanksgiving Day - second Monday of Oct.
  • Remembrance Day - Nov. 11
  • Christmas Day - Dec. 25
  • Boxing Day - Dec. 26

 

Time Zones

Time Zone

IST Offset

Province / Territory

Newfoundland

9 hours behind IST*

Newfoundland

Atlantic Standard Time

9:30 hours behind IST

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

New Brunswick

Eastern Parts of Québec

Eastern Standard Time

10:30 hours behind IST

Eastern Parts of Nunavut

Western Parts of Québec

Eastern Parts of Ontario

Central Standard Time

11:30 hours behind IST

Western Parts of Ontario

Manitoba

Central Parts of Nunavut

Saskatchewan

Mountain Standard Time

12:30 hours behind IST

Alberta

Northwest Territories

Western Parts of Nunavut

Pacific Standard Time

13:30 hours behind IST

British Columbia

Yukon

 

 

 

* IST – Indian Standard Time

Facts

  • Full name: Canada
  • Population: 34,107,000 (2010 estimates)
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Largest city: Toronto
  • Area: 9.98 million sq km
  • Major languages: English & French
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 82 years (women)
  • Monetary unit: 1 CAN dollar = 100 cents
  • Main exports: gold, nickel, uranium, diamonds, lead, wheat, grains, Pulp and paper sector, oil and gas, Computers, Pharmaceutical and automobile Manufacturing
  • GNI per capita: CAN $43,640 (World Bank, 2008)
  • Internet domain: ca
  • International dialing code: +1

 

 

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