We did three articles on Singapore facts prior to this. They covered a lot of interesting as well as boring facts. From basic information on Singapore to some of the weirdest laws present in the tiny nation, we learned a lot. However, we are not quite done with this tiny nation that is rightly known as the economic giant of whole of Asia. In this article, we will learn about another 20 weird Singapore facts that will simply leave you surprised. Well, this article will not be the end though. Let’s begin…
Weird Singapore Facts: 1-5
1. In whole of Southeast Asia, the Yakult bottles that are sold in Singapore are the largest. They are also the most expensive of all.
2. Apart from the main island, Singapore is made up of another 63 islands but the problem is that most of these islands are not inhabited by humans.
3. Vanda Miss Joaquim is the national flower of the city-state. Did you know who discovered this flower? It was an Armenian by the name Agnes Joaquim. The flower was discovered in 1893.
4. Singapore is the largest exporter in world when it comes to ornamental fish. The country accounts for 25% of world market!
5. Though it sounds a bit weird but it is true. More Singaporeans are born in October compared to any other month.
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Weird Singapore Facts: 6-10
6. When it comes to number of death sentences given, Singapore is one of the leading countries in world and most of these death sentences are related to drugs.
7. Singapore is often referred to as concrete jungle but that’s funny because nearly 50% of whole of Singapore is covered in vegetation.
8. It is a rule in Singapore that every vehicle that is registered in Singapore should have at least 3/4th of the gas tank full when leaving Singapore. This is to ensure that people don’t cross over to Malaysia and buy cheaper gas.
9. When it comes to rate of home ownership, Singapore leads the world with 92% home ownership. Interestingly, 85% of the Singaporeans actually own a government-subsidized home.
10. There were two soft drinks that were once sold in Singapore. They were named as ‘Anything’ and ‘Whatever’. Both the variants actually offered 6 different flavors. The catch was that the cans were designed to be identical and there was no way one could determine which flavor they would get.
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Weird Singapore Facts: 11-15
11. Singapore is known to be the easiest place to do business. That’s free-market image! But, did you know that it is the government that owns all the land in Singapore. Government has its own housing corporation that provides subsidized houses to the citizens.
12. Not just that, the state-owned enterprises of Singapore account for 22% of the whole GDP of Singapore. One such state-owned enterprise is Singapore Airlines.
13. Singapore has been blamed for purchasing too much sand from several countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. For instance, Singapore purchased billions of cubic feet of sand just from Cambodia. The country did so because it needs land. Several blockades were imposed on sand trade after it came to notice that chunks of lands of other countries were shipped off to Singapore.
14. The Government of Singapore started what is known as the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ project. As a part of this project, the government planted several 50-meter high solar-powered manmade trees. They have now become a tourist hotspot and cultural symbol of Singapore.
15. Speaking of trees, 7th November each year is observed as tree planting day across Singapore and everyone from citizens to Prime Minister to foreign diplomats plant trees on this day. Citizens even adopt trees and give them a name and these trees are often gifted as wedding presents and birthday presents.
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Weird Singapore Facts: 16-20
16. Did you know that on whole of the planet, Singaporeans are the fastest pedestrians! They walk at a speed of 6.15 kilometers per hour. That’s quite fast.
17. Singaporean children are pretty smart. Ainan Celeste Cawley – a 7-year-old child from Singapore actually passed the GCE ‘O’ Level Chemistry paper, making him the world’s youngest person ever to have achieved that feat!
18. Singapore’s national symbol is the Merlion (much like mermaid). It is half lion (the head) and half fish (the body). The Lion comes from the story of Sang Nila Utama (see points 13 and 14 here). The fish part is actually a tribute to Temasek – Singapore’s ancient sea town.
19. The Singapore Wheel at 165 meters is world’s second-highest observation wheel. It missed the first spot by just 2 meters.
20. Out of 180 nations surveyed, Singapore was given a rank of 153 when it came to difficulty in reporting. The rating was given by Reporters Without Borders. It is an agency responsible for evaluating press freedom in various places in world. Singapore isn’t the best of places for people in that profession!
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