Facts and Figures on Singapore

Singapore has 72 hectares of rooftop gardens and green wall and aims to triple this by 2030.

Over 47% of the island is covered in greenery. The Park Connector network of cycle and walking paths will soon be 300km long. More than 80% of households are within a 10 minute walk from a park.

Singapore recycles 20% of its waste and is amongst the 29 most carbon efficient countries in the world.

There’s no eating or drinking on the MRT or buses. Durians are completely banned (due to the strong lingering pungent smell) and some taxi drivers refuse to take Durian fruit in their cars.

Chewing gum is banned.

Stand on the left on escalators or feel the wrath of those rushing up and down trying to get passed you!

Everyone walks looking at their phones. All the time. They are a nation of people glued to their phones.

The Lagoon View ‘condominium’ has a fully functioning lighthouse on the roof. It’s super cool.

Singapore is the second busiest port in the world, behind Shanghai in China. It’s huge and impressive. There are always ships to be seen waiting to use the port.

Singapore is one of only three city states in the world along with Monaco and the Vatican City.

There are four official languages in Singapore: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.

The five ideals in Singapore are democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality and are represented by the white stars on the Singapore flag.

Changi Airport has taken the top spot in the world airport awards seven years in a row. It really is a fabulous airport with plenty to see and do for free as well as the usual abundance in shopping. The new Jewel has the world’s largest indoor waterfall surrounded by a park.

Singapore’s residents are 74% Chinese descent, 13% Malay and 9% Indian. 33% practice Buddhism and 18% are Christians.

Singapore’s longest river is the Kallang River which is 10km long.

17% of the population here have assets worth more than $1m – the highest percentage in the world.

There are 63 islands that make up Singapore. The total land area is 721 sqm.

Singapore is 137km from the Equator.

Singapore’s tallest peak is Bukit Timah at 163m.

Temasek was Singapore’s original name.

The MRT system is the backbone of Singapore’s public transport network and spans some 150km across the island. Since the first five MRT stations began running in 1987, the MRT system has grown to comprise Of over 90 stations.

More than 2.5 million people ride the MRT every day in Singapore. Train operation hours are from 5.30am to about midnight daily and are usually extended during festive periods. The train frequency during peak hours of 7am to 9am is about 2 to 3 minutes and about 5 to 7 minutes during off-peak times.

All the trees in Singapore have been mapped out at nparks.gov.sg/trees

There are families of otters roaming the streets (we’ve still not seen them!).

Singapore is comprised of 63 islands, with the main one accounting for 99% of the land area.

Each building has its own postal code.

There are no knives in most restaurants

The price of beer depends of what time it is – happy hours being the cheapest

Women wear a lot of makeup and still can walk outside in the hot weather without it melting off their faces. (There must be a trick to this which I haven’t mastered!)

Sundays at Orchard Road sees all helpers on their day off and taking pictures everywhere, and next to the expensive shops eating picnics and charting together.

People queue even to take a picture with the Christmas tree, very organised and polite.

Different religions and cultures coexist in peace in such a small country. Each recognised religion has two public holidays allocated to them for festivals e.g. Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Chinese New Year

Singaporeans love to talk about food, and if a group goes for lunch or dinner, they share all the dishes, so everyone can try different food. Always sharing.