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Marvelous Facts of Singapore
Here are some Marvelous Facts of Singapore
- Singapore’s national anthem is in micro-text on the back of their $1,000 note.
- Singapore is one of only three surviving city-states in the world. The other two are Monaco and the Vatican City.
- Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, saw a creature he thought was a lion and named the island “Singapura” which means “Lion City” in Sanskrit. However, there have never been lions outside of captivity in Singapore.
- In addition to its main island, the nation of Singapore includes 63 additional islands, most of which are uninhabited.
- Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometers. The United States is about 15,000 times bigger.
- In Singapore, parents teach their kids good manners while the government teaches the parents some. Singapore actually had a government-backed National Courtesy Campaign, since 1979, where Singaporeans were taught ethics and mannerisms. However, in 2001, it changed to the Singapore Kindness Movement.
- Singapore has its national tree planting day on 7th November every year. Everyone from the Prime Minister to foreign diplomats to ordinary citizens’ plant trees on this day. Singaporeans even adopt and name trees for their children as birthday gifts or wedding presents.
- More than 80% of Singapore’s population lives in government-subsidized houses while the home ownership rate in Singapore is a staggering 92% (The highest in the world).
- Usain Bolt may be the fastest sprinter in the world, but Singaporeans are collectively the fastest pedestrians on the planet.
- The world’s largest limbo dance took place on Oct. 1, 2011, in Singapore and involved 1,208 children, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
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- Singapore’s Constitution guarantees freedom of speech. However, the constitution allows the government to limit that freedom with “such restrictions as it considers necessary or expedient.” The government says its restrictions are necessary to ensure social harmony between the country’s many ethnic groups.
- Singapore pioneered the first F1 night race.