The Republic of Singapore is a British Commonwealth country located at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula and occupying an area of 622 square kilometres. MapSingapore gained independence from Britain in 1965, but because of its close connection to the Crown the business language is English and the English common law system applies. Local currency is the Singapore Dollar, and there is an excellent professional infrastructure with good legal services. Most of the large accountancy firms have offices in Singapore, as do most of the major international banks. Communications are excellent with state of the art telecommunications equipment and an airport which serves as a regional hub for over 100 destinations.