Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-stare in maritime Southern Asia, Malaysia.
It lies about one degree and 137 km north of the equator.
The country’s territory is composed of one main island and 63 satellite islands and islets.
The country is home to 5.7 million people, 3.4 million being Singaporean citizens.
There are four official languages of Singapore, English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.
Singapore has the seventh highest GDP per capita in the world. It is also the only country in Asia with an AAA sovereign rating from all major rating agencies.
The city is a major financial and shipping hub, consistently ranked as the most expensive city to live in.
Singapore has the tenth highest number of billionaires of any city in the world.
It is placed highly in key social indicators such as education, healthcare and quality life.
Singaporeans enjoy one of the world’s longest life expectancies, the fastest internet connection speed and one of the lowest infant mortality rates.
It is a unitary parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government.
Singapore is widely regarded to have an incorrupt and meritocratic government, with a fair judiciary and strong rule of law.
While the country holds clean elections, the government has significant control over politics and society. The People’s Action Party has ruled continuously since independence.
7 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN SINGAPORE
- Do not litter. Instead, put rubbish in bins. Singapore is one of the cleanest cities in the world.
- Avoid chewing gum in public places. Instead, do it in private rooms and home. This is a rule in Singapore to keep the city clean.
- Avoid taking public transport during peak hours. During these hours, the public transport are full. So instead, use taxis.
- Do not discuss your religious and political views in public. Instead, you can do this privately with a person that is comfortable with such topics.
- Don’t tip at restaurants. Instead, just give a warm appreciation for the service.
- Avoid eating and drinking on public transport.You could be charged for this. Instead, wait to get to a pace where you can comfortably eat.
- Do not connect to unsecured network. Instead, while in Singapore, make sure you turn off the “auto discovery” feature.
MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SINGAPORE
- It is among the smallest countries in the world. The United States is 15,000 times bigger.
- Buildings in Singapore cannot be higher than 280 meters. Currently, there are only 3 buildings with that height.
- Singapore’s national Anthem is in micro-text on the back of their $1,000 note.
- Singapore is just one of the three city-states in the world. The other two are the Vatican City and Monaco.
- The longest human tooth ever extracted was removed from a patient in Singapore, in 2009. It measured 3.2 centimeters in length.
- The World Toilet Organization was has its headquarters here.
- Between eight and nine out of 10 Singaporeans live in public housing
- .According to the British Council, Singaporeans have the fastest walking speed in the world – an average of 18 meters in 10.55 seconds.