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Singapore. Things you should know about this unique city

Singapore. Things you should know about this unique city
Ignacio Zara

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia.

Singapore CBD skyline from Esplanade at dusk. Source: flickr. Author: Nicolas Lannuzel

Singapore CBD skyline from Esplanade at dusk. Source: flickr. Author: Nicolas Lannuzel

The territory consists of the lozenge-shaped main island, commonly referred to as Singapore Island, and more than 60 significantly smaller islets.

Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles. In fact, it was a trading post of the East India Company. The British obtained sovereignty over the island in 1824, and it became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Today, English is the common language but twenty percent of Singaporeans cannot read or write in English

Occupied by the Japanese during World War II, Singapore declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1963. Since then, Singapore has developed rapidly, earning recognition as one of the Four Asian Tigers.

Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world but one of the world’s highest income inequalities. The Economist Intelligence Unit in its “Quality-of-Life Index” ranks Singapore as having the best quality of life in Asia and eleventh overall in the world.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the most expensive building in the world. Source: wikipedia. Author: Someformofhuman

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the most expensive building in the world. Source: wikipedia. Author: Someformofhuman

75 percent of the population is Chinese, with significant minorities of Malays, Indians, and Eurasians. There are four official languages, English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil, and the country promotes multiculturalism through a range of official policies.

Dining, along with shopping, is said to be the country national pastime. The variety of food representing different ethnicities is seen by the government as a symbol of its multiculturalism. The “national fruit” is the durian.

Popular sports include football, basketball, cricket, swimming, sailing, table tennis and badminton. Singapore also hosted the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.

They have great music: concerts, live music, performing arts… The annual Singapore Arts Festival is organised by the National Arts Council.

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you.

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