Singapore is a Muslim nation

Interesting facts about Singapore

The culture of Singapore

The national language of Singapore is Malay. There are four official languages ​​in Singapore: Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil. You'll likely hear Singlish too - a mix of Singapore's official languages ​​and English. 75% of Singaporeans are ethnically Chinese, mostly from the Hokkien or Teochew communities. An estimated 6% of Singaporeans are Tamils, who are from South India, and around 15% are Malay Muslims. This leaves 4% of Singaporeans of mixed or other origins.

The flag of Singapore is red and white with a crescent moon and five stars. The five stars symbolize five ideals - democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality - while the moon symbolizes an emerging nation (founded in 1965). The white signals purity, while the red stands for the equality of people.

Singaporeans are very polite and there is a good reason for that: the government taught manners as part of the National Courtesy Campaign. While the courtesy campaign has been running since the 1970s, it was renamed in 2001 and is now better known as the Singapore Kindness Movement.

Male Singaporeans are required to serve in the military for 1-2 years.

Singapore is one of the countries with the least freedom of the press and ranks 158th out of 180 countries (2020) according to a survey by Reporters Without Borders.

Singapore has a unique national symbol: a half lion, half fish creature known as the Merlion. You can find Merlion statues all over Singapore.

Switzerland and Singapore are the top 2 countries in the world due to the quality of life for expats. According to some estimates, there are around 1.5 million expats in Singapore. The country's expat population is roughly 50:50 split between company employees and workers who work as domestic or construction workers. The expats also enjoy the extensive public services, the low tax system, almost no corruption and the high level of competition (Singapore ranks third, just behind Switzerland).

Singapore has its own unique way of honoring Feng Shui: the towers in the Suntec City settlement are shaped like a palm, which is an auspicious Feng Shui symbol. Suntec City is also home to the largest fountain in the world known as the "Fountain of Wealth". At the time of its construction, the fountain cost $ 6 million.


Singapore's economy

The Prime Minister of Singapore, with an annual salary of $ 1.7 million, is four or five times more than the President of the United States (and many other world leaders). The Swiss Federal Council President, on the other hand, earns around $ 500,000.

Singapore is open to business relationships. From 2006 to 2016, the tiny country topped the World Bank's index of the easiest countries to do business with. Times have changed and the unlikely New Zealand is now the easiest country to do business with. Singapore ranks second followed by Denmark.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? This is something one in six Singaporeans doesn't need to worry about because they already have a fortune of over $ 1 million!

With all this economic data, you might not be surprised that Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world. For 2019, Singapore shares the top spot with Hong Kong and Paris - a dubious honor.

Singapore's national anthem could be in your wallet. It is printed in tiny letters on the back of the $ 1,000 bill.

Singapore's food

At a hawker center, you can enjoy a Michelin-starred menu of chicken and rice for just $ 2. Singapore's Hawker Centers offer some of the best dishes in the country and have attracted the interest of celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay.

All of the delicious food you eat has to come from somewhere. Only 7% of the food eaten in Singapore is grown locally. There are farms in Kranji, north of Singapore, as well as on the roofs of condominiums and shopping malls.

The Singapore Sling is an old-fashioned bar favorite. The cocktail, which is made with gin, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, cherry brandy, Angostura bitters, pineapple juice, grenadine and limes, was first served at the famous Raffles Hotel in 1915.

Would you like a hug? Then go to the National University of Singapore, where you can get a Coke from the world's first Hug Me Coca-Cola machine.

It is estimated that two restaurants open every day in Singapore - that's how much Singaporeans love to eat. The sad reality is that within five years 40% of these restaurants will have to close again!

Singapore's geography

The area of ​​Singapore is just over 719 km2, which makes the nation the 20th smallest country there is.

Have you ever wondered why both the country and the city are known as Singapore? The island is one of only three city-states. The other two are Vatican City and Monaco.

While its landmass is small, Singapore has over 3,000 kilometers of roads. If you could wind the streets from one end to the other, they would take you from Singapore to Hong Kong.

Singapore sets a height limit for its buildings which is 280 meters. To date there are three buildings that reach a height of exactly 280 meters. The height limit for buildings comes from the fact that the military base is close to the business district as Singapore is a small country. For the safety of the military aircraft, the buildings must not be too high.

Singapore's skyscrapers are over 100 meters taller than the highest natural point in the country. The so-called Highpoint, Bukit Timah Hill, is only 164 meters high. Together with the Bukit Timah Hill, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve offers an incredible variety of flora. You will find more tree species on one hectare of the nature reserve than in all of North America.

A joint study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the World Economic Forum named Singapore the greenest city: 30% of the city is green, which is due to the Singaporeans' love for gardens and other green spaces. Don't be surprised if you see wild animals like monitor lizards or snakes in the middle of the city. Maybe it's because of all the green spaces. Singapore is the second most densely populated nation after Monaco.

Singapore is growing. Since the arrival of the British in 1822, the island has continually reclaimed land from the sea. According to some estimates, up to 25% of what is now Singapore's land mass was absent when it gained independence. Why the need for so much land? The growth of industry and population. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is one of the most famous landmarks in Singapore, and it was built entirely on reclaimed land.

For Singapore, the land reclamation efforts mean a battle with the sea, a fate that overtakes other low-lying nations such as Tuvalu or Nauru.

Do you think Singapore is one island? The opposite is the case: there are actually 63 islands, many of which are uninhabited.

Singapore's sport

The Singaporeans could set a world record for walking, with an average walking speed of 6.15 km / h.

The Singapore National Stadium will not close when it rains. The stadium has a huge canopy that can protect 55,000 fans from bad weather, and a large, retractable dome - which, at 312 meters, is the largest in the world.

Singapore only won an Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016 when a 21-year-old swimmer won gold in the 100-meter butterfly.

Singapore's animals

The first night zoo of its kind is located in Singapore. The zoo is called Night Safari and is open every day from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. During a nighttime visit, see nocturnal animals such as the Asian elephant, pangolin, Malaysian tapir, cloud leopard and fish cat.

The largest bat in the world, which has a wingspan of 1.5 meters, is located on an island off the coast.

Singapore's entertainment

A Formula 1 Grand Prix has been held in Singapore every year since 2008 and has the unique distinction of being the first ever Formula 1 night race. Concerts and other entertainment get in the mood for the thrilling race as cars meander through the Marina Bay district.

The whole country goes on sale for the Great Singapore Sale, which takes place annually in June. The event, organized by the Singapore Retailers Association, is designed to promote tourism in the area.

Food lovers should visit in July when the annual Singapore Food Festival is held. Festival goers feast on mod-sin or modern Singaporean dishes as well as traditional dishes.

Singapore is home to the tallest indoor waterfall located in the Gardens by the Bay greenhouse. In addition to the 35 meter high waterfall, you will also find native flora from the tropical highlands here.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gardens are the third botanical garden and the first tropical garden ever to be included in the UNESCO list.

Singapore's world records

Spend some time in the airport on your way in or out of the country. Changi Airport has won the award for the best airport in Asia for almost 30 years. The country also took first place in the World Airport Awards for seven years in a row and has won the award ten times in the 20-year history of the World Airport Awards.

A Guinness record for the longest human chain of dominoes was set in 2000 when 9,234 local students stood in a domino formation.

Singapore set a record for the largest pass-the-parcel game, in which 3,918 students removed packaging from a 1.5 by 1.5 by 0.5 meter package. A total of 2,200 packages were removed from the package.

Singapore also set a line dance record in 2002, when 11,967 people took part in a line dance.

Singapore's hardworking students formed a chain of coins that spelled a positive phrase on the subject of "Never Give Up" to set another imaginative world record for the longest chain of coins, which was 199.8 meters.

The youngest person to ever pass the GCE 'O' Level chemistry exam was a 7 year old Singaporean.

Singapore residents have one of the highest life expectancies in Asia, with an average life expectancy of 84 years.