Today, Singapore is an ultra industrialized society and entrepôt trade continues to play a central role in its economy. The Port of Singapore is now the world's busiest transshipment port, surpassing Hong Kong and Rotterdam. In terms of total cargo tonnage handled, it has become the world's second busiest, behind only the Port of Shanghai.
Singapore's tourism industry is also thriving, attracting over 10 million visitors annually. The city-state now has a zoo, night safari, and a nature reserve. The country recently opened two of the world's most expensive integrated casino resorts in the Marina Bay Sands and the Resorts World Sentosa. The country's medical tourism and culinary tourism industries have also become quite marketable, thanks to its mosaic of cultural heritage and advance medical technology.
Banking has grown significantly in recent years and many assets formerly held in Switzerland have been moved to Singapore due to new taxes imposed by the Swiss. The biotech industry is burgeoning, with drug makers such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pflizer, and Merck & Co. all establishing plants here, and oil refining continues to play a huge role in the economy.
Despite its small size, Singapore is now the fifteenth largest trading partner of the United States. The country has established strong trade agreements with several countries in South America, Europe, and Asia, as well. There are currently over 3,000 multinational corporations operating in the country, accounting for more than two-thirds of its manufacturing output and direct export sales.
With a total land area of just 433 square miles and a small labor force of 3 million people, Singapore is able to produce a GDP that exceeds $300 billion dollars annually, higher than three-quarters of the world. Life expectancy is at an average of 83.75 years, making it the third highest globally. The corruption minimal and so is the crime. It is considered to be one of the best places to live on earth, if you don't mind the strict rules.
Singapore's economic model of sacrificing freedom for business is highly controversial and heavily debated. But regardless of philosophy, its effectiveness is certainly undeniable