Let's see if you knew this before! A few facts and figures that surprised me during my trip to Singapore:
- Singapore has a lack of space but it is a very well planned country. It's also one of the few countries/cities/state (As San Marino and Vatican city)
|Building needs to look as beautiful and original as possible as there are not many possibilities to build more.|
|Green spaces need also to be planned along the mass of buildings.|
- They have very high standards of hygiene because all food and goods are imported from neighbour countries (especially China, Malaysia and then US, in this order).
|Happy kid enjoying white and black carrot omelets and a huge strawberry roti.|
- Singapore economy has been ranked as the most open and the less corrupted of the world (I wish I could say the same of my own country, Spain)
- Its Agriculture corresponds to 0% of the GDP sectors. Only farming that they produce in the country are eggs, but only reaching 1/3 of the country needs.
- Tap water is very safe and drinkable.
- It's not allowed to chew gun and they are banned from the country. You are not even allowed to keep them in your baggage.
- Durians are also not allowed to be taken in the tube. I guess there is no need to specify why ;) (Thanks Katjia from Miss Mureena to remind me that)
- Singapore is a hawker food paradise. You can get a meal for less than 5$ in any of the food courts scattered around the country. Singaporean food is a mix between Malay, Indian and Chinese, with their own touch.
|If you love hawker food as much as I do, don't worry, here you can eat without being afraid of getting sick!|
- The entrance to one of the main attractions, the Botanic Gardens, is free.
- In such hardworking country, they don’t have an unemployment or job-seeker allowance, so if they lost their job , they have to find a job as soon as possible.
- Most of the money changers are inside the 7 Eleven convenient stores (only country I had seen this so far).
- According to this study, Singaporean passport is the 8th best passport to hold, giving you visa free access to 161 countries.
- It is one of the most expensive places in the world to own a car. They need to own a Certificate of Entitlement every 10 years with prices between 20,000 to 60,000S$ (depending of the month and other variants)
Anything else that surprised you from your visit to Singapore?