This city-state is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations! Officially known as the Republic of Singapore, the country symbolizes a melting pot of culture and history and an extravaganza of culinary delights. Take a look below for 30 incredible and fun facts about Singapore.
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 country is located 137 km (85 miles) north of the equator, and just south of Peninsular Malaysia. Singapore’s Strait in the south divides the island from Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago.
6. Singapore is the smallest state in Southeast Asia occupying an area of 728 km².
7. Making it one of the 20 smallest countries in the world.
8. The terrain here is low lying and gently undulating.
9. Singapore’s population was 5,704 million in 2019.
10. That 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 on the 31st January 1934!
15. The tallest building in Singapore is the Tanjong Pagar Centre at 290 meters.
16. The tallest indoor waterfall in the world is located in Singapore at the Gardens by the Bay, and it stands at a height of 35 meters.
17. The Complex Food Centre in Chinatown, with over 260 food stalls, is the largest seller centre in all of Singapore.
18. There are only 3 city-states that exist in the world, and Singapore is one of them, other than Monaco and Vietnam.
19. 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!
20. The Fountain of Wealth in Singapore is the largest fountain in the world and reportedly cost US$6 million!
21. You are not allowed to build a structure higher than 280m in Singapore due to the low-flying air traffic.
22. The tallest natural point in Singapore, Bukit Timah Hill, is only 164 meters high.
23. There are over 3000 kilometres of roads in Singapore.
24. The official languages of Singapore are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. A fifth local lingo, Singlish is also widely spoken by locals.
25. A total of 27 Singlish words have actually made it to the Oxford dictionary.
26. Since 1905, Singapore has changed its time zones 6 times! Now, just to be in sync with Malaysia its time zone is GMT+8 even though it should be in the GMT +7.5 time zone.
27. The Palembang prince, Sang Nila Utama, thought he saw a lion on the island, hence the name Singapura, which means “lion city” in Sanskrit.
28. Singapore is the least corrupt city in Asia and the 5th least corrupt in the world.
29. 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 spending money for Singapore Dollars – the official currency here.
30. This signature drink, the Singapore Sling was first served at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel in 1915.