Singapore is one of the most fascinating countries you can visit. Just like every other country in this world, this nation has its fair share of mind-blowing and unbelievable facts that will force your jaws to drop. In this article however, we will focus on basic Singapore facts and all the articles on Singapore that follow next, we will learn about those amazing and fun facts. So, without further ado, let’s begin…
Basic Singapore Facts: 1-5
1. Did you know that Singapore is the sole country in this world that earned her independence despite not wanting it in the first place?
2. Singapore was originally a part of Malaysia. It was one of the 14 states that made Malaysia. However, because of political skirmishes between Malaysia’s ruling party – United Malays National Organization and People’s Action Party based in Singapore, steep-rising racial riots took precedence.
3. Parliament of Malaysia eventually expelled Singapore from Malaysia despite Singapore’s (actually People’s Action Party’s) attempt to stick with Malaysia. The expulsion took place in 1965 on August 9.
4. Post expulsion from Malaysia, Singapore became the Republic of Singapore and Singapore’s Legislative assembly became her Parliament. Post independence, the country continued to use Malaya and British Borneo dollar as its currency.
5. The Singapore dollar was introduced two years later in 1967. However, before separating the currencies, the Malayan government and government of Singapore tried to come to an agreement of having a common currency. That did not work out!
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Basic Singapore Facts: 6-10
6. Singapore is both a state and a country. While that may sound pretty weird, it is true. One good thing though – the postal system in the nation is pretty uncomplicated.
7. Singapore is a city-state with a representative democracy. People’s Action Party has been the dominating political party since 1959 and the Prime Minister of the country is from the People’s Action Party.
8. The judicial system of the country is relatively simple. High Court is the apex court and then there is a Court of Appeals. Of course, there are several small courts called Commercial Courts. When the Prime Minister of the Nation advices the President of the country, the President appoints the judges.
9. The President of the nation has a 6-year term while legislators can serve only a 5-year term. The role of the President is ceremonial. The real powers lie with the Prime Minister and his council.
10. Singapore is world’s third-most densely populated country with population density of nearly 7,000 people per square kilometer that translates into nearly 19,000 people per square mile. As of 2017, the total population of Singapore stands at 5.71 million.
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