Singapore – 15 random facts

Since the 9th of August is Singapore national day, here are some rando facts.


  1. If Massachusetts Were A Country, Its Students Would Rank 2nd only to top-ranked Singapore in global measures of science competency.
  2. Singapore is home to the world’s first vertical commercial farm.
  3. Singapore became an economic success despite having no natural resources and a divided population.
  4. Singapore’s name comes from ‘Singa Pura’ which means Lion City in Sanskrit. According to the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals), a Sumatran prince called Sang Nila Utama landed on Temasek (Singapore’s old name) and saw a Lion which is called ‘Singa’ in Malay. Thus he gave the island a new name, ‘Singapura’.
  5. Singapore had a Koro Epidemic in 1976

    A koro epidemic struck Singapore in October 1967 for about ten days. Newspapers initially reported that some people developed koro after eating the meat of pigs inoculated with a vaccine for swine influenza. Rumours relating eating pork and koro spread after a further report of an inoculated pig dying from penile retraction. The cases reported amounted to 97 in a single hospital unit within one day, at five days after the original news report. Government and medical officials alleviated the outbreak only by public announcements over television and in the newspapers.

  6. Chewing gum is banned in Singapore, unless for medical reasons.
  7. The Merlion is the national personification of Singapore.
  8. Singapore is the only country with a hybrid as the national flower
  9. Singapore is not in China.
  10. No, Singapore is not a part of Malaysia.
  11. Suicide is illegal in Singapore. Those who attempt suicide can be imprisoned for up to a year.
  12. The National Trades Union Congress is also involved in several businesses such as  supermarkets and insurance.
  13. Singapore hosted F1’s first ever night race in 2008
  14. Singapore is in the wrong timezone.
  15. Singapore has the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations, a report in 2015, by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) revealed.

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