Want to know more about Singapore? Here are 25 Interesting Facts about Singapore that you probably didn’t know before reading this!
To make this even more fun, I want to challenge you as well. How many of these Singapore facts did you know before reading this? Share your result in the comment section!
Singaporeans have one of the best passports in the world
In the latest ranking of the most powerful passports in the world, Singapore and Japan came at a joint first place where their passports allow citizens to travel to 189 countries in the world without a visa.
It’s the least corrupt country in Asia
Another thing that Singaporeans can be proud of is the fact that corruption is the lowest in Asia, and the island nation is ranked at #6 least corrupt country in the world.
There’s a chewing gum ban in Singapore
While it’s technically not illegal to chew gum in Singapore, it’s illegal to import and sell chewing gum with fines of $10,000 or up to one year in jail.
The only type of chewing gum that is allowed to be sold is those that are categorized as medicinal gum, which is sold by dentists and pharmacies.
Jaywalking, littering, and smoking can give huge fines too
Jaywalking is frowned upon in many countries, and Singapore takes it one step further with fines from $20 to $1000 up to 3 months in jail for those who ignore the little red man.
Furthermore, littering and smoking in prohibited spaces can result in hefty fines as well. The same goes for using someone’s unsecured Wi-Fi connection or Eating and drinking on the MRT.
This is one of the facts about Singapore that have given rise to the country’s reputation of being a clean and lawful destination.
Singaporean buildings can’t be taller than 280 meter
While 280 meters is still quite high up in the sky with amazing views, there are no buildings in Singapore that are taller than this limit due to restrictions by the government.
UOB Plaza, Republic Plaza, and One Raffles Place tower are all 280 meters. There is one building though that was granted permission to stand taller, and that is the Guoco Tower at 290 meters.
There are 62 additional islands besides the main one
A lot of foreigners think that Singapore is just one big island, but fact is that in addition to the main island, there are 62 other islands within the Singaporean archipelago.
Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin and Sentosa are some of the largest Singaporean islands. Sentosa is famous as an area of amusement with several theme parks and beaches that attracts many tourists each year.
Singapore got its independence in 1965
In 1819, the British colony of Singapore was established, and later on, during World War II, the Japanese occupied it from 1942 to 1945. After the war, the British regained control, and in 1963 Singapore merged with the Federation of Malaysia.
However, due to disputes and social unrest, it was expulsed from Malaysia, and in 1965 on 9 August Singapore finally gained its independence. It’s one of the three surviving city-states in the world. The other two are the Vatican and Monaco.
It’s a global business center in the world
Singapore and Hong Kong are the two major financial centers in Asia, and it has a long tradition of being a trade center. In addition to its well-reputed position, Singapore is also consistently ranked as one of the countries that are easiest to do business with.
Some 37% of the population are foreign-born
Singapore is a multi-cultural nation where most of the population belong to the following ethnic groups: Chinese, Malay, and Indians. A large part of the residents is foreign-born with numbers estimated as high as 37% of the total population.
It surely is a melting pot of culture and religion where people from all over the world are welcome and accepted.
1/6 of Singaporeans have assets worth $1 million or more
This might not be one of the most surprising facts about Singapore since you now know that it’s one of the major financial centers in the world.
But it’s still interesting to know that one in every six people has assets of $1 million or more. That’s around 17% of the total population, which makes it the highest percentage in the world.
Nearly 8 out of 10 Singaporeans live in public housing
Public Housing are owned and developed by the government, and it’s estimated that around 80% of the total population lives in residential areas with public housing.
These flats are sold with a 99-year lease, and often below market value with additional subsidies from the government. Families with lower income can get higher subsidies.
Owning a car is a privilege that costs a lot of money
Singaporeans use their public transportation a lot, and it’s in general very convenient to get around with. Owning a car is not something that everyone can afford since the government put high taxes and fees to get the car certified.
In addition to that, car insurance and the cost of owning the car is higher here than in many other countries as well.
Home to the largest man-made waterfall
Gardens by the Bay and the Cloud Forest features the tallest man-made waterfall indoors, and it’s truly something special. It has a 30-meter fall, and adds to the mist of the tropical indoor forest that is home to some really cool plants!
It’s one of the world’s greenest cities
Much of the original forest was cut down in Singapore to make way for the modern city that we know it as today. However, that hasn’t stopped the city from becoming one of the world’s greenest cities with plenty of trees, parks, and greenery scattered around the city.
Nearly half of the land area is covered in greenery, and Singapore is home to some of the most impressive gardens and parks in the world.
Changi Airport is consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the world
Changi Airport might be the world’s coolest airport with new innovations and features every year. The latest addition is the indoor waterfall in a jungle setting, which certainly makes you feel like you aren’t at a boring airport anymore.
This combined with a wide range of shops, restaurants, lounges, waiting areas, and other services are all adding up to make Changi Airport ranked as one of the best airports in the world, year after year.
5 x Fun Facts about Singapore
- Singaporeans have the fastest walking speed in the world on average
- Feeding pigeons can result in a $500 fine
- There was a ban on long hairstyles for males in the 1970s
- It’s a crime to not flush the public toilet after use in Singapore
- The national anthem can be found in a micro-text format on the back of the note of $1000 (SGD)
5 x Singapore Facts for Kids
- The Vanda Miss Joaquim is the national flower
- The Lion is the national animal of Singapore
- You can visit the Universal Studios theme park
- Singapore’s compulsory education system consists of six years of primary school, four years of secondary, and between one and three years of post-secondary school
- Some of the most popular sports include football, basketball, cricket, rugby union, swimming, badminton, and cycling
General Facts about Singapore
Below are some general info such as total population, land area, biggest lake, highest mountain and other general facts about Singapore that might be interesting to know.
- Total Population:
- Demonym: Singaporean
- Capital: Singapore
- Life expectancy: 82.80 years
- Highest Mountain: Bukit Timah Hill at 163.63 meters (537 ft.)
- Total area: 725.1 km2 (280.0 sq mi)
- Largest Lake: Jurong Lake
- National Day: 9 August
- Government: Unitary dominant-party parliamentary constitutional republic
- President: Halimah Yacob
- Currency: Singapore dollar (S$) (SGD)
- Official language: English (main language), Malay, Chinese, Tamil
- Religion: No official religion, most Singaporeans are Buddhists
- National song: Majulah Singapura
- Time zone: UTC+8 (Singapore Standard Time)
- Country Number/Prefix: +65
- Country Code: SG
Flag of Singapore
The Singaporean flag is characterized by the Halfmoon and five stars which represent democracy, peace, progress, justice, and equality. The flag also features two horizontal halves in red and white.
Map of Singapore
Below, you can see Singapore’s territory marked in yellow.
How many of these Singapore Facts did you know beforehand? Share your result in the comment section below!