Last time we wrote about basic Singapore facts where we detailed some generic information about the country like its religion, population, ethnicity etc. They were kind of mundane. In this article on random Singapore facts, we are going to provide some not-so mundane facts about the country. We hope you will enjoy the list. More surprise will follow in other articles. So, let’s get started…
Random Singapore Facts: 1-5
1. Did you know that Singapore is made of 64 separate islands? That may sound a lot but, can you guess the total area of the nation? It is merely 704 square kilometers or 272 square miles. That’s it!
2. The largest of all the islands of Singapore is Pulau Ujong. It also goes by the name Singapore Island.
3. A country so small can be really deceptive and one may actually think that it is really backward and has nothing to offer to this world. Think again! In economic terms, it is one of the strongest in Asia with 5th highest per capita GDP in whole world! Each person in Singapore earns an average of USD 60,500 per years.
4. In terms of economic contribution, the nation exports some important things like pharmaceuticals, refined petroleum, chemicals, telecommunications equipment and electronics.
5. Did you know that Singapore imports most of its consumer goods and food? Despite that, Singapore maintains a trade surplus of substantial amount.
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Random Singapore Facts: 6-10
6. Did you know that in whole of Asia, Singapore is the least corrupt country. In whole of world, the country takes 5th position as the least corrupt country.
7. When it comes to ease of doing business, Singapore tops all other countries in the whole world as per the World Bank.
8. This tiny country generally remains humid and hot and because it has a tropical climate, temperature variations are not significant. The temperature ranges between 23°C and 32°C.
9. The country gets monsoons twice. Once between June to September and between December to March. No point thinking that there’s no rain for the rest of the year. In reality, the country gets inter-monsoon rainy months with frequent afternoon showers.
10. The lowest point of the country lies at the sea level while the highest point that the country has is located at 545 feet or 166 meters. The highest point is known as Bukit Timah.
Random Singapore Facts: 11-15
11. Human settlement in Singapore can be trace back to 2nd century CE. No one knows what happened before that. Chinese sources claim the existence of the main island since the 3rd century CE.
12. Mongol Empire in 1320 sent emissaries to Long Ya Men – a place which means ‘Dragon’s Tooth Strait’. It is believed that Long Ya Men was located on Singapore Island. The Mongols wanted some elephants from Singapore.
13. In Singapore it is believed that the place was founded by prince of Srivijaya in 13th century. As per the legend, the prince named Sri Tri Buana or Sang Nila Utama was shipwrecked on an island.
14. After being shipwrecked, the prince saw a Lion. It was the first time in his life that he saw a lion ever. This was taken by Sang Nila Utama as a sign that a city must be founded there. So, he founded the Lion City or Singapura.
Random Singapore Facts: 16-20
16. From 13th century, Singapore earned quite some notice from different empires and kingdoms. The ownership of the place changed between Siam’s Ayutthaya Kingdom (Siam is now Thailand) and Java’s Majapahit Empire.
17. By 16th century, Singapore had become one of the most important trading depot for Sultanate of Johor that was located in Malay Peninsula’s southern tip.
18. Then came the Europeans – the ever nasty evils! In 1613 city was completely burned down to the grounds by the Portuguese pirates. For next 200 years, the city simply vanished from international map.
19. In 1819, the British came and reestablished Singapore as a trading post for the British Empire in Southeast Asia. In 1826, Singapore was given the name of Straits Settlement. In 1867, it was claimed as Britain’s Official Crown Colony.
20. British stayed in control till 1942 until Japan invaded it during WWII as part of Southern Expansion drive. Japanese Occupation was however a short-lived one and lasted only till 1945.
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That completes our list of 20 random Singapore facts. Stay tuned for more interesting facts about the tiny nation of Asia that shines bright among the Asian countries.