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In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook - Singapore

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 17 November 2020]

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[accessed 9 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - has a highly developed and successful export-driven free-market economy; it enjoys an open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, low unemployment, and a per capita GDP higher than that of most developed countries

GDP - per capita (PPP): $94,100 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 0.7%

industry: 25.6%

services: 73.7% (2017 est.)

Unemployment rate: 2.2% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: N/A

Maternal mortality rate: 8 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 2.3 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 86 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 2.29 physicians/1,000 population (2016)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Singapore

[accessed 5 March 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ Poverty In Singapore: A New National Priority

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~ 10 Facts About Life Expectancy In Singapore

The World Bank in Singapore

[accessed 21 April 2021]

50 years ago, Singapore was confronted with severe unemployment, poor infrastructure, and a housing shortage. Today the city-state is ranked as one of the most livable cities, boasting one the highest levels of human capital development in the world.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 9 January 2021]

Historically, Singapore's economy was based primarily on its role as an entrepôt for neighboring countries due to its strategic geographic location at the entrance to the Straits of Malacca. It did not have minerals or other primary products of its own to export, but it served a major economic function by processing and transshipping the goods of nearby lands. Its most significant natural resource is a deep water harbor.

The government is a major and active player in the economy, owning substantial productive assets (land and capital). The government directs and targets the economy through laws, regulations and incentives, and participates in business ventures through Singapore's unique hybrid, the government-linked company (GLC). Monetary discipline hold inflation tightly in check, with consumer prices show mild deflation (-0.4% to -0.9%) in 2002. Unemployment rose to 4.7% in 2001, and remained above 4% throughout 2002, a high level for Singapore. Per capita income estimate by the CIA in purchasing power parity terms was $24,700, one of the highest in the world.

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