62 Interesting Facts About Singapore

Last updated on December 26th, 2017

Facts about Singapore’s Economy

#43. You don’t get rich in Singapore without thanking Singapore. Singapore prints the entire lyrics of its national anthem into its 1000 Singapore dollar notes.

#44. Size doesn’t matter. The city-state which ranks at 190th in terms of size, ranks number one in terms of the salary it gives to its head of State. The Prime Minister of Singapore earns a whopping $1.7 million annually, which is four times higher than what the US president earns.

#45. Singapore knows its business well. For ten consecutive years since 2006, it has topped the ease of doing business list by the World Bank.

#46. Lee Kuan Yew was the first prime minister of Singapore who held the office for three decades. A deeply revered heartthrob of Singapore and an inspiration for the world, he turned Singapore into a first world country, in a single generation.

#47. The millionaire concentration of Singapore is just too god-damn high. 17% of the population, or one in every six people, has assets worth $1 million or more, which is the highest in the world. A point to note down for conmen, across the globe.

#48. Both the IMF and the World Bank have placed Singapore at the 3rd position in their GDP per capita list. Ironically, Malaysia from whom Singapore gained independence in 1965 is placed at the 28th on the list.

#49. Singapore imports from one hand and exports from the other. Everything from sand to fresh water is imported and its entire economy is based on shipping.

#50. Singapore remains the world’s most expensive city in 2016.

#51. Singapore is an Asian Tiger. Nothing carnivorous, it’s just the name given to the economies of 4 Asian countries- Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, which saw tremendous growth during the late 20th century. Well, we knew the bull and the bear of economics, but the tiger is a cool addition.

#52. The Changi Airport in Singapore was voted the World’s Best Airport for the fourth consecutive time in 2016.

Culture of Singapore

#53. Singapore has invented food courts before it was cool. The hawker chefs of Singapore are notoriously famous for churning out world-class cuisines. They all converge on few spots which have become food hubs.

#54. Singapore was long ago attacked by hordes of swordfish. A young boy worked out a brilliant plan to trap them but was killed by the king who feared his intelligence. Legend has it that the red color of the region’s soil is due to the young boy’s blood.

#55. Singapore loves to enjoy good food. Every day two new restaurants are opened in Singapore. A rare feat, given its size.

#56. Just the name “Garden City” didn’t satisfy Singapore’s high ambitions. The government plans to transform Singapore into a “City in a Garden”.

#57. The cosmopolitan nature of Singapore can be understood by the name of its national flower; Vanda Miss Joaquim, an orchid named after an Armenian horticulturalists.

#58. If you want to give a speech in Singapore learn the countries OB markers first. Singapore decides what topics are “Out of Bounds” for public discussion and debate. Incidentally, direct criticism of the government is not allowed.

#59. Singapore has its own definition of success. The five C’s of Singapore: Car, cash, credit card, condominium, and country club are the five king makers in the island state.

#60. The Sultanate of Malacca was founded by a Hindu king from Sumatra, Parameshwara who later converted to Islam.

#61. The largest tropical orchid garden in the world can be found in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

#62. The diversity of Singapore made Singlish, a colloquial Singaporean English, the de-facto language of the state.

Singapore – country at a glance

Independence9 August 1965 (from Malaysian Federation)
Capital CitySingapore (city-state)
Largest CityBedok
Total area697 sq km
Population5,888,926 (July 2017 est.)
Official LanguageEnglish, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil
BordersMalaysia
CurrencySingapore dollar (SGD)
ReligionBuddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity
Life expectancy85.2 Years (2017)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Climatetropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct monsoon seasons - northeastern monsoon (December to March) and southwestern monsoon (June to September); inter-monsoon - frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms
Terrainlowlying, gently undulating central plateau
Natural resourcesfish, deepwater ports
Agricultural land1%
Birth rate8.6 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Death rate3.5 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Sex ratio0.96 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
Literacy rate97%
DemonymSingaporean
Suffrage21 years of age; universal and compulsory
Government typeparliamentary republic
PresidentHalimah Yacob
Prime MinisterLee Hsien Loong
National anthem"Majulah Singapura" (Onward Singapore)
National symbolslion, merlion (mythical half lion-half fish creature), orchid
National colorsred, white
National holidayNational Day, 9 August (1965)
Industrieselectronics, chemicals, financial services, oil drilling equipment, petroleum refining, rubber processing and rubber products, processed food and beverages, ship repair, offshore platform construction, life sciences, entrepot trade
Exports$396.4 billion (2017 est.)
machinery and equipment (including electronics and telecommunications), pharmaceuticals and other chemicals, refined petroleum products, foodstuffs and beverages
Imports$309.7 billion (2017 est.)
machinery and equipment, mineral fuels, chemicals, foodstuffs, consumer goods
GDP - per capita (PPP)$90,500 (2017 est.)
Time zoneSST (UTC+8)
Drives on theleft
Calling code+65
Internet country code.sg
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedJuly 12, 2018