10 Amazing Facts about Singapore

The official name of the country is The Republic of Singapore. Located in Asia, Singapore is the only state-cum-city in Asia. It has 63 other smaller islands, which have almost negligible population. It is a beautiful country with only 4.5 million people.

10 Amazing Facts about Singapore
Here are certain jaw-dropping facts about Singapore which you’ll love to know.

1. (No) Lion City

The myth goes, a Srivijayan Prince, Sang Nila Utama from Palembang saw a creature which he believed was a lion and thereafter named the city “Singapura” (sing- lion; pur-city). But, there are no lions in the city, unlike what the name suggests. No lion attacks coming your way!

2. Easy Access to the National Anthem

If you can ever get hold of a $1000 bill, just flip it. You will get to see the national anthem of Singapore (Majula Singapura) printed in micro-text on the back! Get hold of the lyrics if you even have a faint knowledge of the Malay language.

3. City – State

Singapore is one of the three city-states in the entire world, the other two being, Monaco, and the Vatican City. There is no capital, unlike any other state. Being a whole country in itself, don’t you think this fosters more patriotism in the hearts of the people inhabiting the place?

4. Hug-Me

Guess what?  There is a huge “Hug-Me” Coca-Cola machine in Singapore. It is located in the National University of Singapore. The machine’s speciality is that, it will hand out a bottle of Coke only when a person wraps his/her arms around the machine. Isn’t this the most loving way to buy a bottle of Coke?

5. Time-Zoned

For 36 long years, Singapore was 7.5 hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In 1982, the Singapore Standard Time was redefined to be 8 hours ahead of GMT. You should also know that Singapore has changed the time-zone a whopping 6 times since 1905!

6. Are They Bumblebees?

The people of Singapore are the fastest walkers in the whole world, says the British Council! Now, isn’t that a talent? On an average, they walk a distance of 18 metres in 10.55 seconds which is approximately 6.15 kilometres an hour! Busy bees sure!

7. The Youngest Einstein

Ainan Celeste Cawley is the youngest person in the world to pass the GCE ‘O’ level Chemistry exam. And you know what? He is a Singaporean and just 7 years and 1 month old! Says a lot why Singapore has so rapidly become one of the most developed nations in 30 years.

8. Smallest Country

Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world with an area of just 715 square kilometres. It has three areas, the tourist zone, the economic zone, and the sleeping zone, separated by a lawn of a width of 5 kilometres.

9. Safe Singapore

Singapore is among the top 10 countries in global rankings with the lowest levels of corruption. The local mafia (“Triad”) were brutally suppressed making the crime rate extremely low. It is one of the safest places in Asia. No wonder people roam around the streets in Gucci and Louis Vuitton!

10. A Foodie’s Delight

Singapore is a foodie’s delight. From their national cuisine to the street food they serve, it is paradise for the food-lover. You will be happy to know, that, regardless of the levels of price in the restaurants, the food is always fresh and of the highest quality. Reason enough for Singapore to be one of the healthiest places in the world.

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