30 Amazing Facts About Singapore

Singapore is an island country in Southeast Asia. It is a young country, but it is well developed, with leaning skyscrapers, diverse communities, and one-of-a-kind structures. The country is home to many different cultures, resulting in a very diverse way of life with people speaking many different languages and worshipping a variety of different religions. Singapore gained independence from the United Kingdom in the year 1963. Many people who live in the country moved here from India, Malaysia, and China in search of work. So here are 30 Interesting facts about this amazing country.

  1. Singapore is situated in southeast Asia and is bordered by Malaysia to the north and the Singapore Strait.
  2. Singapore officially became a part of Malaysia on 16 September 1963 following a merger with Sarawak and North Borneo (Sabah) to form the Federation of Malaysia. It was done for the benefit of the economy by creating a common and free market to improve the nation’s internal security.
  3. It is illegal in Singapore to use a public lavatory and not to flush it.
  4. Singapore is one of the smallest country on the globe, with an area of just 719.1 Km2 (277.6 mi2). The total coastline of the country is 193 km (120 mi).
  5. The Singapore flyer is the second biggest wheel in the world and highest in the Asian continent. It has a height of 165 meters (541 ft). It overlooks Marina Bay and the Singapore River, at 165 meters, it is 30 m taller than the London Eye and only 2.6 m smaller than the High Roller in Las Vegas.
    Singapore flyer Wheel ©Pixabay
  6. According to the world economic forum, Singapore has surpassed the united states to become the most competitive country on the planet.
  7. Singapore is the 9th most expensive country in the world, with the cost of living index of 81.1.
  8. The country ranks 14th out of 211 nations on the planet in terms of external debt. The country has an external debt of 1.320567×1012 USD.
  9. It is illegal to sell or own chewing gum in the country. The chewing gum can only be bought for a medication purpose.
  10. In some of the districts, the buildings can not be more than the height of 280 meters.
  11. The country has the 2nd most valuable note in the world, which is the $1000 note.
  12. On the backside of the $1000 note, the entire national anthem is embedded in micro text.
  13. Singapore has the 20th best quality of life ranking on the globe.
  14. The country is the 7th most peaceful country in the world according to the global peace index.
  15. Singapore’s Changi airport has the world’s tallest indoor waterfall named as the rain vortex. It is seven stories tall and pumps 500,000 liters of rainwater through the roof of the jewel building, which is a fifth of the volume of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
    Singapore’s Changi airport Waterfall ©Pixabay
  16. The national language of Singapore is the Malay. Whereas there are three other official languages which are English, Tamil, Mandarin Chinese.
  17. It is the most corrupt-free Country in Asia and the 4th least corrupt in the planet.
  18. According to a law passed on 15 March 1967, it is mandatory for all Singapore 18 plus male citizens and permanent residents to serve in the national military for at least two years.
  19. The nation ranks on the second spot on the planet in ease of doing business. While new Zealand has the first position.
  20. Over 56% of the nation’s total land is covered in vegetation, out of which 27% is actively managed. While 29% of the area is covered by spontaneous vegetation like lowland forest, freshwater swamp forest, scrubland, and mangrove forest.
  21. The country has the 9th spot in terms of the highest per capita income with USD 63,987.
  22. The country has a 90.8% property owner percentage which is the 2nd highest in the world.
  23. Singapore is the second most expensive housing market on the globe, with an average house costing $US 874,372.
  24. The Singaporean passport is the strongest and most travel-friendly passport in the world share and has access to 189 countries as a visa on arrival. Japan passport also shares the 1st rank with this small country to be the strongest traveling document.
  25. The night safari zoo is the first of its kind as it operates in the night and is a popular tourist attraction in Singapore. It was opened on 26 May 1994 and occupied 35 hectares (86 acres).The concept of a nocturnal park in Singapore was suggested in the 1980s by the former executive chairman of the Singapore Zoo, Dr. Ong Swee Law.
    Orderinchaos via Wikimedia Commons (Singapore Zoo night safari entrance)
  26. The country is number 6 most complex economy in the world according to the Economic Complexity Index.
  27. The top 5 exports of the nation are Integrated Circuits ($61 Billion), Refined Petroleum ($52.4 Billion), Gold ($10.1 Billion), Packaged Medicaments ($8.26 Billion), and Gas Turbines ($7.96 Billion).
  28. The top 5 imports of Singapore are Refined Petroleum ($48 Billion), Integrated Circuits ($46.3 Billion), Crude Petroleum ($25.8 Billion), Gold ($10.1 Billion), and Office Machine Parts ($7.11 Billion).
  29. Singapore has the world’s largest fully automated driverless metro system. Bombardier has delivered 276 driverless MOVIA metro cars for Singapore’s Downtown MRT line and 32 INNOVIA APM 100 cars for the Bukit Panjang LRT system.
  30. Caning is still not illegal in the country. Caning is a corporal punishment for convicted criminals in Malaysia and Singapore that was first introduced during the British colonial period.

  • CAPITAL CITY: Pulau Ujong
  • POPULATION: 56.4 lakhs
  • LARGEST CITY: yishun
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: Malay, Tamil, english and mandarin chinese
  • GDP NOMINAL: $372.807 billion
  • GDP RANK: 31st
  • CURRENCY: Singapore dollar
  • FOUNDED: 9 August 1965
  • TOTAL AREA: 721.5 km2
  • AREA RANK: 175th worldwide
  • ARMY STRENGTH: 72,000
  • ARMY RANK: 51st
  • LITERACY RATE: 97.05%
  • PER CAPITA INCOME: 92,270 PPP dollars (2019)


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