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Singapore is a global commerce, finance and transport hub.Its standings include: the most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), third-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre and the second-busiest container port.Raffles arrived in Singapore on 28 January 1819 and soon recognised the island as a natural choice for the new port.The island was then nominally ruled by the Sultan of Johor, who was controlled by the Dutch and the Bugis.
After hearing rumours that they were to be sent off to fight the Ottoman Empire, which was a Muslim state, the soldiers rebelled.
This was itself a transliteration from the Malay name "Pulau Ujong", or "island at the end" (of the Malay Peninsula).
Historical sources also indicate that around the end of the 14th century, its ruler Parameswara was attacked by either the Majapahit or the Siamese, forcing him to move on to Melaka where he founded the Sultanate of Malacca.
38% of Singapore's 5.6 million residents are permanent residents and other foreign nationals.
There are four official languages: English (common and first language), Malay, Mandarin and Tamil; almost all Singaporeans are bilingual.