It is often claimed that Singapore is the cleanest city in the world. The high-tech atmosphere with sky-high, glass-covered skyscrapers, together with the spotless streets, make the city look almost a bit futuristic. But beneath the smooth financial surface lurk ancient Chinese, Malaysian and Indian traditions – from feng shui to grand Hindu festivals.
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Population: 5.7 million
Language: English, Chinese, Tamil and Malay
Singapore has had its name since the 14th century? Formerly it was called Temasek, which means “sea city” in Javanese.
in Singapore there are many rules and laws? One of the more surprising is that buildings must not be over 280 meters.
Singapore’s geography and climate
Singapore is a city-state on a small island south of the Malaysian Peninsula. The Republic of Singapore consists of a main island and 54 small islands, half of which are inhabited. It is virtually impossible to find an undeveloped plateau on the main island, and urban development and other human activity have largely eradicated the original plant life. However, there is some remaining rainforest, but most of the soil is barren due to erosion. The terrain is low lying with the highest point at only 177 meters. The island’s many small streams form mangrove swamps that extend quite far into the country. Off the coast, there are coral reefs, from which one of Singapore’s exports is sourced, namely exotic aquarium fish. Singapore is close to the equator and has a tropical rainy climate with annual temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees. Rain showers occur all year round,
History and population of Singapore
The word Singapore comes from Sanskrit and means Lion City. The name comes from an old legend about an Indonesian prince who met a lion on the spot, interpreted this as a good warning and founded the city. The fact that there have never been lions on the island does not make history any worse. During the Middle Ages, a large Malaysian trading town was located on the site. It was eventually destroyed and the island was an uninhabited wilderness when the English bought it in the 19th century. Britain established a trading post here and later made Singapore a British colony. In 1963, Singapore became a member of the newly established state of Malaysia. However, it became a short love affair, and already two years later the small town made its exit and gained full independence. About half of Singapore’s almost six million people are Buddhists, and in addition there are Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Taoists. The many different ethnic groups with different religions and thus different languages, offer an interesting and varied culture. And the population was kept in check. Singapore is sometimes called the “land of fines” as it has bans and high penalties, which in other countries are completely allowed or not considered to be particularly serious offenses. For example, it is forbidden to buy or chew gum, throw rubbish on the street, refrain from flushing after a toilet visit, bother across the street, sunbathe topless or kiss. Graffiti is punished with whipping, and there is the death penalty for drug possession.
Attractions in Singapore
Many trips to Singapore start as a stopover, as Singapore is the hub for air traffic in large parts of Asia. But there is much more than stopovers to look for. Silk, sarongs and rose water can be found in the Muslim quarter. In Chinatown, you get an insight into Singapore’s history among temples and richly decorated houses and an ongoing trade. There are still shops here that sell incense for temple visits. More modern shopping can be done on Orchard Road, which with its shopping centers and fine restaurants is the paradise of affluent tourists. If the welcoming big city becomes too much, Changi on the east coast offers real rural charm and a nice beach. If your Singaporean vacation needs a touch of nature, Jurong Bird Park is the place to go. The bird park is a huge area with, among other things, a 30 meter high waterfall and all the world’s bird species, from colorful parrots to flamingos and pelicans.
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- Language: English, Chinese, Tamil and Malay
- Capital: Singapore
- Residents: 5, 7 million
- Religion: Buddhism, Islam and Christianity
- Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)
- Surface: 697 km2
The time difference between Sweden and Singapore varies depending on our summer and winter time.
Summer time +6 hours
Winter time +7 hours
The price level in Singapore is a little higher than in neighboring countries, but in return there is a huge range of goods. A regular meal costs on average around SEK 75.
Currency and credit cards
The currency in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD).
You can often use credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard and in many places there are also ATMs. If you want to exchange cash, it is best to bring US dollars.
Tips are not normally left in Singapore and nothing is expected either. There are often fees on the bill.
Singapore has 220-240 volts. The connectors look different than in Sweden, so bring an adapter.
Telephone and internet
Singapore’s international country code is +65. It is expensive to call home, so feel free to ask your mobile operator what applies in terms of mobile coverage and prices for calls from Singapore.
In many places there is free wireless internet, so it is not as common with internet cafes nowadays, but in the central parts of the cities there are usually no problems.
Hygiene and drinking water
In hotels and restaurants, the toilets are modern / western class. Public toilets are also of a good standard, but sometimes there is a lack of toilet paper, so bring your own toilet paper or wet wipes.
The tap water can be drunk, but buy bottled water to be on the safe side. Remember to drink plenty of water, as it is very hot in Singapore.
Smoking is prohibited in public places, but there are certain areas where smoking is allowed.
Customs and traditions
Singapore is a modern and international society, where many cultures live side by side. There are some prohibitions and violating them can result in high penalties. It is e.g. forbidden to chew gum and throw rubbish on the street.
Climate and weather Singapore
Below you can read about Singapore’s climate and weather.
Singapore has a warm tropical climate with high humidity and a lot of rainfall. The country has no clear seasonal changes. The average temperature is between 29 – 34 ºC during the year.