Singapore became an independent state in 1965. And for half a century he managed to turn from a corrupt and poor country into an example to follow.
Halima Jacob is a Singaporean politician, the first woman is the president of Singapore. He has been in office since September 14, 2017. It was automatically announced by the president after all other candidates for this post were not allowed to run.
- Singapore is one of the three city states that exist today (along with the Vatican and Monaco). In addition to the main, it includes another 63 tiny islands. Most of them are uninhabited.
- Malay is considered the national language in Singapore, but three more are official – English, Chinese and Tamil.
- Singapore is one of the 20 smallest countries in the world – its area is 719 km².
- There is another Singapore in the world. This is the name of a ghost town in Michigan, USA.
- The national flag of the country has a complex and very interesting symbolism. Red is universal brotherhood and equality, white is purity and virtue. The crescent speaks of the youth of the nation, and five stars personify democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.
6. Singaporeans are the fastest pedestrians in the world. According to a study by the British Council, Singaporeans travel at an average speed of about 6.15 km / h.
7. Singapore ranks first among the least corrupt states in Asia and fifth in the world. This was facilitated by the introduction of high fines and criminal liability for abuse of their position.
8. Every year November 19 is World Toilet Day. The initiator of its introduction was the Government of Singapore, which in 2001 filed a resolution to the UN.
9. Over 80% of Singapore’s population lives in social homes (state subsidized). At the same time, 92% of local people have their own housing – this is the highest rate in the world.
10. Singapore ranks second in the world (after Monaco) in terms of population density. 5 312 400 people live on the territory of 719 km², that is 7389 per 1 km².
11. Singapore is often called the city of fines. And there really are a lot of them – for rubbish on the street, for chewing gum, for drawing graffiti, for smoking in public places and for breastfeeding a child in vehicles.
12. Singapore has a legislative restriction prohibiting the construction of skyscrapers in the central part of the city with a height of more than 280 m. The reason is the proximity of the Paya Lebar military airbase. Although GuocoLand still managed to obtain permission to build its 290-meter skyscraper Tanjong Pagar Center. It was completed in 2016 and became the tallest building in Singapore.
13. Singapore has no natural resources. Almost everything, from sand to fresh water, is imported, and the country’s economy is based on delivery.
14. The only Formula 1 night race in the world is held in Singapore. It was a marketing move that the authorities resorted to in order to persuade the leadership of Formula 1, which had previously refused to conduct one of the stages here. The original idea attracted both advertisers and viewers.
15. Singapore has the highest ferris wheel in the world: its height is 165 m.
16. Singapore is recognized as the No. 1 country for ease of doing business. Here are some of the lowest taxes in Asia, and a company can be registered in 10 minutes. The minimum authorized capital is about 1 Singapore dollar (less than $ 1), the minimum number of shareholders is one.
17. About 3% of the population of Singapore are dollar millionaires.
18. Singaporean children are smarter than the rest. They are the leaders in the ranking in terms of performance in mathematics and science, compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. And Singapore’s education system ranks third after South Korean and Japanese.
19. Singapore still has the death penalty (by hanging). head can pay for trade, possession or use of drugs, corruption and piracy.
20. For several years in a row, Singapore ranks first in the ranking of the most expensive cities in the world. In second place is Hong Kong, and in third is Zurich.
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