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Singapore and Strait of Malacca

March 23rd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Indonesia and Malay Peninsula - March 23rd, 2009

Indonesia and Malay Peninsula - March 23rd, 2009

Intense sun glint creates a stark contrast between land and water, making straits and rivers appear bright white, while islands in Indonesia (bottom) and Malaysia (top) are dark green.

The body of water between the two countries is the narrow Strait of Malacca, which stretches 805 kilometers (500 miles) between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Off the coast of Sumatra lie Indonesia’s Riau Islands.

North of these islands lies Singapore, an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The microstate lies 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator, south of the Malaysian state of Johor.

At 710.2 km2 (274.2 sq mi), Singapore, the smallest nation in Southeast Asia, is by orders of magnitude the largest of the three remaining sovereign city-states in the world (the others being Monaco and Vatican City).

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