You’re moving to Singapore? Here are just a handful of interesting facts to get you started on exploring your new host country:
- Singapore comes from the name ‘Singapura’ – derived from the Malay words ‘Singa’ for Lion and ‘Pura’ for city, and its official mascot is the Merlion (half lion and half mermaid).
- With a land area of about 710 square kilometres, Singapore is officially the smallest country in South East Asia and one of the smallest countries in the world and– hence the moniker “The Little Red Dot”.
- Singapore is made up of 60 little islands!
- Current population estimated to be just over 5.5 million people.
- Four main languages: English (major language), Mandarin Chinese, Tamil and Malay.
- Singapore’s local version of English is fondly known as Singlish. Be prepared to hear sentences speckled with ‘la’, ‘leh’, ‘meh’ and ‘can or cannot’ (for yes or no).
- Main religions practiced are Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism and Islam (Muslim).
- Singapore is a cultural melting pot, known for its four main races – Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian. It also plays host to expats from almost every part of the world, and foreign talent from certain countries.
- Although dubbed the Lion City, there are actually no lions in Singapore, apart from those found at Mandai Zoo.
- With warm tropical weather throughout the year, Singapore’s temperatures vary from 24°C to 33°C on average, with daily temperatures being around 27°C. Monsoon season is typically from October to February, making those months slightly cooler.
- Tap water is safe (and one of the cleanest in the world) to drink in Singapore, although many expats still prefer to buy bottled water.
- Singapore’s currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD).
- The orchid is the national flower of Singapore.
- Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence on 9th August 2015, with 2015 regarding nationwide as SG50.
- Singapore’s founding father and first Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kwan Yew, passed away on 23rd March 2015, after governing Singapore for more than three decades and making it the amazing country that it is.
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