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It is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety and housing.
Although income inequality is high, 90% of homes are owner-occupied.
It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but separated two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign nation in 1965.
After early years of turbulence and despite lacking natural resources and a hinterland, the nation developed rapidly as an Asian Tiger economy, based on external trade and its workforce.
The island was then nominally ruled by the Sultan of Johor, who was controlled by the Dutch and the Bugis.
), officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia.
It lies one degree (137 kilometres (85 mi)) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Malaysia to the north.
The dominance of the PAP, coupled with a low level of press freedom and restrictions on civil liberties and political rights, has led to Singapore being classified by some as a semi-authoritarian regime.
One of the five founding members of ASEAN, Singapore is also the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat and a member of the East Asia Summit, Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth of Nations.