Singapore is a cosmopolitan city-state that became independent in 1965 and is now one of the world’s leading economic centers in shipping and banking. Like all countries around world it has its only little quirks, unusual laws and some interesting facts.
There are some laws and fun facts about Singapore that I have listed below for you to read.
It is illegal to Not flush the toilet
If you toilet policy is if it’s yellow let it mellow, in Singapore this may get you into trouble. For failing to flush, you will be end up with a fine of $150 and police officers have been known to check.
Singapore is a City State
Singapore is a city, a capital and a state all at once, making it one of only three City States in the world. With the other two been Monaco and Vatican City.
Chewing Gum is Banned
Chewing gum is banned in Singapore, except for those with a medical prescription. The reason for the ban is cleanliness. There streets and footpaths are clean, so its hard to argue with the ban.
Singapore is made up of 63 islands
Besides the main island, the nation of Singapore includes 63 other tiny islands. Most of these islands are uninhabited and some are used for military or industrial purposes.
Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world
Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 719 square kilometers.
The national anthem is found on the back of the SGD1,000 note
If you turn the note around and look carefully, you can see it printed in micro-text. They probably figured you’d be singing Majulah Singapura if you ever got your hands on one of these babies anyway.
If caught and convicted of littering three times, you will have to clean the streets on Sundays with a bib on saying, “I am a litterer”. This is definitely one of the more interesting fun facts about Singapore.
World’s first night zoo
World’s first night zoo or Night Safari was in Singapore. It occupies 35 hectares (86 acres) and currently houses over 2,500 animals representing over 130 species of which 38% are threatened species.
The National Flag of Singapore
In the national flag of Singapore the colour red represents universal brotherhood and equality of it’s citizens while the colour white represents purity.
The crescent moon signifies a young nation on the rise and the five stars signify the ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice for it’s citizens and equality.
Buildings have a height restriction
Buildings in Singapore are not allowed to be higher than 280 metres. The UOB Plaza, OUB Centre and Republic Plaza are the three building’s which are in that height.
All male citizens of Singapore have to serve army for a period of 2 years when they turn eighteen.
Highest rooftop bar in the world
Party with the gods, or at least those drunk enough to think they are at the highest rooftop bar in the world. Located at the top floor of One Raffles Place, 282 metres above ground level. Just try not to fall off the open air area.
Don’t hit a dog if driving
In Singapore, hitting a dog with your car and not stopping to help is a crime that might land you in jail; meanwhile, hitting a cat and not stopping is not a crime at all.
Singapore is said to be the most tightly populated country in the world, with 6,430 people per square km
Singaporean people speak Singlish
Some people think the Singlish (also known as the Singaporean English) isn’t supposed to be spoken because it is not exquisite enough.
Singlish is spoken in some parts of the Singapore and it has words from many different languages, including English, Malay and Chinese.
World’s Largest Tropical Orchid Garden is in Singapore
Founded in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only one in the world that opens for 19 hours every days of the year. It has more than 10,000 species of flora in over 82-hectares area.
The Botanic Gardens receives about 4.5 million visitors annually.
Singapore Time zones
Singapore has changed it’s time zone 6 times since 1905.
Is sand the new gold?
Singapore bought billions of cubic feet of sand from Cambodia and Vietnam as Singapore reclaims land from the sea.
Singapore is the only country on earth whose citizens don’t need a Visa to enter North Korea, South Korea, China or the United States.
Bukit Timah Hill
The highest natural point in Singapore is Bukit Timah Hill, which is only 164 metres high. Note that is is only a hill not a mountain.
Finally, Singapore is a great place to visit and has a lot to offer for everyone. Like any trip, you’ll get the most out of it by learning all you can before you arrive.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if these fun facts about Singapore has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go too.