Singapore is known as being one of the finest places in the world. It’s a country which combines natural beauty, cultural diversity and economical boom. Following are some highly interesting facts about the country.
The city of lions without lions
Singapore actually means the ‘city of lion’ or ‘lion’s city’. In Sanskrit, ‘Singa’ means lion while ‘Pura’ means city or place. What is amusing is that real lions never inhabited Singapore.
Small yet beautiful
Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world and also one of the most beautiful ones. Due to its small size and proximity of other places to the airports,to other places around, no building has surpassed the height of 280 meters.
The lions which spit water
If you visit Singapore, you can’t miss the gigantic stone structures which have bodies of fishes and heads of lions. The one at Marina Bay Sands is quite famous as it spits a jet of water from its mouth. These statues are called the Merlion statues, a legendary creature which is used as the main marketing icon which identifies Singapore.
The child prodigy who made Singapore proud
A Singaporean kid made history when he passed the GCE ‘O’ level Chemistry when he was just 7 years old! Ainan Celeste Cawley was the youngest person in the world who passed this exam. The General Certificate of Education or GCE O level exam is usually taken by students of 16 years of age.
Singapore helps singles to get married!
Amusing as it may sound, the government of Singapore actually has a department called the Social Development Network which helps singles to find their matches. Earlier, it was known as the Social Development Unit and many locals referred to it as “Single, desperate and ugly.”
Lowest drug use in the world
One of the best things about Singapore is that it has the lowest drug use rate in the whole world. Even alcohol consumption is lower when compared to other countries. Drug trafficking results in a mandatory death penalty in Singapore.
There are 2 Singapores in the world
Yes. There are 2 Singapores in the world. One is the country in Asia while the other is a ghost town in Michigan, USA. The town was founded by Oshea Wilder who wanted to convert it into a port town. However, it was vacated in 1875 after fires destroyed it.