Singapore is one of the tiniest nations in the world to visit, but don’t let that deceive you; it’s still a really fascinating place, especially if you’re going for the first time. But no matter how well-traveled you are, here are 13 must-know facts about Singapore.
Question 1: Is Singapore part of China? If it’s not, was it?
Based on the world map, China and Singapore are 4 hours apart from each other by plane. So, no, Singapore is NOT and has never been a part of China.
Question 2: Is Singapore a third world country or a first world country?
Singapore is a first-world country. On many levels, it most certainly is, encompassing infrastructure ranging from a vast islandwide transit network to towering skyscrapers, high educational standards, strong economic growth, and excellent security.
Question 3: What languages do Singaporeans speak in Singapore? Is it Chinese?
Chinese, sometimes known as Mandarin, is one of the languages. Officially, we have four languages: Malay, Tamil, English, and, of course, Mandarin. While Singapore does not have a single official language, it does have ‘Singlish,’ a distinct English-based creole.
Question 4: Is there a lot of poverty in Singapore?
Singapore is well-known for having one of the world’s highest living standards and cost of living. However, this does not mean that its population is free of poverty.
Question 5: Is Singapore safe?
I’d say it’s one of the safest destinations in the world for solo (or group) traveling, though not crime-free. However, like in any unfamiliar location, once you’re done for the day, it’s advisable to return to your lodgings early. Save those late nights for a whole new day of exploring in our Lion City!
Question 6: Is Singapore expensive compared to Europe or USA? Why is Singapore so rich?
To put things in perspective, I don’t reside in either region, therefore I can’t speak from their viewpoints. However, being a Singaporean, I can share that, among others, the common living standards like having a roof over your head and getting around the country, are both expensive. What I can also share is that Singapore’s journey to where she is today is definitely a rags-to-riches tale. Singapore in the modern day is well-kept, clean, and lush with flora.
Question 7: Do people in Singapore spit like those in China? What type of “manors” are important?
In general, the majority of the locals do not spit. It’s also an offense. A fine of up to S$1,000 is imposed for first-time non-compliance. The other “manors” I’d recommend is to not chew gum because gum is banned here. Littering, vandalism, jaywalking are restrictions among others as well.
Question 8: Where is Singapore located (in Asia)?
Singapore is a bright, sunny Southeast Asian island located off the Malay Peninsula’s southern tip. Malaysia and Indonesia are her neighbors.
Question 9: What time is it in Singapore?
Singapore operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8). There are no changes to the Singapore clock for Daylight Saving Time.
Question 10: How big is Singapore?
Singapore is around 275 square miles in size. It’s a little smaller than the state of Rhode Island which is the smallest US state.
Question 11: Is Singapore a city, a country, or an island?
Singapore is a city, a country, and a state all rolled into one. To say it’s an island, well, it’s commonly described by many as a tropical island, so maybe it is (for me to know, for you to visit this sunny island, and define it yourself!).
Question 12: Is Singapore part of Malaysia?
Back in 1963, it was. Then, Singapore declared its independence from Malaysia on August 9, 1965, becoming a sovereign and independent state.
Question 13: Is Singapore only a collection of boring modern cityscapes??
Certainly not! This island embraces both the old and the new. You’ll be amazed to find that the old and new can still be found in and around the city, from historic shophouses that fill the streets of Chinatown and Katong to the modern ArtScience Museum and technologically advanced nature park, Gardens by the Bay.