25 Sensational Facts About Singapore

Impress your friends and family with your vast local knowledge with these 25 facts about Singapore!

Geographical stats…

  1. Singapore is an island city-state in Asia.
  2. Despite being a city-state, Singapore also includes more than 60 islets, although most of these are uninhabited.
  3. Its nearest neighbours are Malaysia to the north and Indonesia to the east, south and west.
  4. To explore this wonderful country and all that it has to offer, head for the coordinates of 1.3000° N, 103.8000° E.
  5. The terrain here is low lying and gently undulating.
  6. The total land area of Singapore is 278 square miles (719 square kilometres)…
  7. …that’s around the same size as Anglesey.
  8. Singapore’s population was 5,674,472 in 2015…
  9. …that’s more than 80 times the population of Anglesey!
  10. That also makes Singapore one of the most densely populated countries in the world with more than 20,000 people per square mile!
  11. Residents here are known as Singaporeans.
  12. As a city-state, Singapore is both the country and the capital.
  13. Singaporeans enjoy a tropical climate with little temperature variation and two monsoon seasons; the northeastern monsoon season is from December to March, whilst the southwestern monsoon season runs from June to September.
  14. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Singapore was 19.4°C in 1934!
  15. Singapore boasts the world’s first nocturnal zoo, where it is possible to go on night safari to fully immerse yourself in the world of nocturnal animals!
  16. The Fountain of Wealth in Singapore is the largest fountain in the world and reportedly cost US$6 million!
  17. You are not allowed to build a structure higher than 280m in Singapore due to the low-flying air traffic.

Social intricacies

  1. The official languages of Singapore are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
  2. If you hope to buy a Singapore Sling (an alcoholic cocktail) or a couple of jars of Coconut jam whilst in Singapore, you’ll need to exchange your GBP for Singapore Dollars – the official currency here.
  3. Singaporeans live for an average of 85 years.
  4. Not sure what the words of the national anthem are? They can be found on the back of each S$1000 note!

Industry insights…

  1. Singapore grows fruit, copra, rubber and orchids; they also rear poultry.
  2. Its industry consists of chemicals, electronics, oil drilling equipment, petroleum refining and financial services.
  3. Singapore exports machinery and equipment, chemicals, consumer goods and mineral fuels.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone who calls this vibrant country their home? You can make cheap calls to Singapore with Cherry Call – you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 0065.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Singapore, head over to The Straits Times website.

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