Singapore is a city-state located on islands in Southeast Asia. The name “Singapore” comes from a combination of “singa” (in Malay – a lion) and “pura” (in Sanskrit – a city).
The capital is Singapore. Official languages - English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil.
Currency – Singapore dollar. Monetary unit Singapore dollar. The exchange rate to the US dollar is approximately – 1 USD = 1.8 SD. It is profitable and easy to exchange foreign currency in exchange offices, which are open throughout the week from 11.00 to 21.00.
Religion – Buddhism. Population 2.8 million. Of these, 78% are Chinese, the indigenous Malays – only 14%, 7% – Indians. Singapore is one of the countries with the highest population density per sq.m. Malay is spoken in Singapore. Other official languages are Chinese, Tamil, English.
Time is 5 hours ahead of Moscow time, and 4 hours ahead of summer time.
The climate is equatorial. Air temperature all year +30*С, water temperature +27*С. The climate is hot and humid, with no distinct dry and rainy seasons. Rain falls all year round, but showers hit Singapore from November to January. The average annual air temperature in Singapore is +28*С+30*С. It is most pleasant in the evening when the air temperature drops to +23*С.
Telephone service in Singapore is very modern, technologically advanced and works perfectly. Cheaper to call from pay phones. Emergency telephone numbers for ambulance and fire department – 995, police – 999
According to act-test-centers, modern Singapore is undoubtedly one of the most developed industrial cities in the world. Huge skyscrapers rise in the business part of the city. A multi-colored mosaic of cultures and historical events opens up before a tourist walking around Singapore. The contrasts between modern skyscrapers and ancient cultural traditions attract people from all over the world. Singapore has no trade tax or duty on most imported goods, which makes goods much cheaper than in other countries. It sells all the best that is in the world: from clothes of European fashion designers to beach sandals, from modern electronics to antiques. The greatest pleasure from shopping can be obtained in June-July, during the Great Singapore Sale. The best places to shop are Orchard Road and Tanglin Road, the local Chinatown, and People’s Park Mall. It is worth bargaining in stores, it is often possible to significantly reduce the cost of goods. Most shops are open from 10.00 to 22.00.
Singapore has been part of many empires since it was inhabited as early as the second century AD. There was a trading post of the East India Company in 1819 with the permission of the Johor Sultanate. The British gained full control of the island in 1824, and in 1826 Singapore became part of the Straits Settlements. During World War II, Singapore was occupied by the Japanese and returned to British rule after the war. Independence was gained in 1959. Singapore is a world leader in several industries, it is the fourth largest financial center in the world, the world’s second largest gambling market, and the third largest oil refinery. The Port of Singapore is one of the top five busiest ports in the world. The country has more dollar millionaires per capita than any other country. The World Bank ranks Singapore as the easiest country in the world to do business.
Resorts and attractions in Singapore
Recently, tours to Singapore have become more and more popular, and this is not surprising. The island of Singapore is the pearl of Asia. This is a unique Far Eastern state, created according to the principles of Feng Shui. It is believed that this is why all the inhabitants of Singapore live safely and in harmony with the world. 40% of the country is occupied by parks, forests and nature reserves.
Traveling to Singapore is not a mirage, but an exotic adventure. Colonial quarters, sparkling skyscrapers, shopping streets, Buddhist temples – all these incompatible details fit into the infrastructure of this extraordinary country. Singapore attracts both couples with children and noisy youth companies.
In terms of quality of life, Singapore ranks first among Asian countries. The name Singapore in Sanskrit means Lion City. The main tourist and commercial center of Singapore is the only major city with the same name. There are 4 regional museums in Singapore.
There are cities in the world that smell of magic, something extraordinarily fabulous and unique. One of them is Singapore. The city of Singapore – bizarre buildings among flowers and exotic greenery. This is the most environmentally friendly and safe city on Earth. There is no dirt and garbage on the streets, and crime in Singapore is a rarity.
Singapore’s zoos are some of the most beautiful in the world. Artificially created, they are so natural that every visitor finds himself in tropical jungles, deserts or steppe expanses. All zoos are open-air and all animals live in natural conditions. No cages, only natural natural barriers in the form of water channels, ditches, vegetable fences.
Singapore is an extraordinary country that is simply worth seeing. This is the future that can be seen today.
What you can visit in the city – National Museum of Singapore, Museum of Asian Civilizations, National Library of Singapore.
Singapore Interesting facts
The area of the city-state is 714 km2. Internet domain.sg
Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world. The crime rate in the state is one of the lowest in the world.
Singapore is one of the largest international breeding centers for ornamental fish for export.
In Singapore, you can be arrested without explanation and will not be informed of your rights. Police officers can use force without fear of being held accountable. In Singapore, high fines are levied for things that the West does not attach much importance to: littering, spitting, crossing the street in the wrong place. An American teenager was sentenced to a public flogging for spray-painting cars. There is a death penalty for possession of drugs.
Under no circumstances should you bring drugs into Singapore. Cross the road according to all the rules. Do not smoke in air-conditioned public areas. Don’t spit. Don’t litter. Do not buy, sell or use chewing gum. Do not bring pornography, reproductions of publications, video tapes, copyrighted discs or cassettes, firearms into Singapore.
In short, it is better for our citizens not to go to Singapore at all.
Singapore currently has a state-of-the-art transport system, consisting of both metro, high-speed cableways, light rail, as well as buses and taxis. Thanks to this, the problem of traffic jams is practically solved. The most convenient and fastest way to see Singapore is to take a taxi.
The import of drugs, psychotropic drugs, firecrackers, lighters in the form of weapons, toy coins and paper banknotes, pornographic literature and video cassettes, meat and meat products is prohibited. There are no restrictions on the import and export of Singaporean and foreign currency in Singapore.