Singapore: A Smart Nation

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Scientific American Custom Media

With advanced communications, efficient living options and a comprehensive public transportation system, Singapore’s strong infrastructure serves its political commitment to innovation and makes it an attractive home for global industries and R&D.

When the former British colony became its own nation in 1965, Singapore was little more than a stopover seaport between China and India.

The country moved “from third world to first,” as founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew put it. Within 50 years, it evolved into one of the wealthiest and most business-friendly countries in the world, with strong intellectual property rights protection, a rule of law that fosters growth and innovation, and a well-integrated, well-educated, forward-looking population.

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