After the British acquired[How?] Singapore in 1824 its population swelled from about 1,000 to over 80,000 by 1860.
The People's Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959.
In 2014, Singapore had a remarkable GDP of over $50,000, which generally ranks above the world's top 10. Singapore topped the World Bank Group's annual ease of doing business measurement for 10 years in a row.
The combination of low rights of individuals, high rights for corporations is termed the "Singapore Model", which Naomi Wolf states arises from the observation that "democracy is bad for business". She summarises the Singapore model as corporate capitalism without even a pretense of democracy: "it has media, it has fashion, it has youth culture, it has consumerism, it just doesn't have any civil rights whatsoever."
In the past 40 years Singapore has created an extra 130km2 (about 20% of its area) by importing sand and building into the sea. It continues to do so, making it by far the world’s largest sand importer. The collateral environmental damage has been so extreme that Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam have all banned exports of sand to Singapore. Sand mining has erased two dozen Indonesian islands since 2005.
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