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Interesting Facts To Know About Singapore Culture


Most people know that Singapore is a highly advanced, cosmopolitan and multi-faceted island city that is situated at the tip of the Malay Peninsula. It is also one of the most tourist-friendly countries in the world and receives a record number of international visitors each year.

Despite the large number of international tourists who visit Singapore every year for business or to combine business with a chance to move and do some sightseeing, shopping or spend a bit of beach time, there is a lot we still do not know or understand about Singapore’s cultural nuances and social customs.

We did a bit of scouting around to come up with our own list of top cool facts and trivia about the culture of Singapore so that you know more or less what to expect when you visit Singapura or The Lion City. Getting to know these facts is not only fun and fascinating, they can help you to understand Singapore’s culture better and help you avoid social pitfalls when you are moving around the city-state.

Fact #1: Singapore Has Four Official Languages 

For such a tiny island measuring less than 730 square kilometers and with a population of just around 6 million people, Singapore has not one but four official languages. English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil all have equal status of being officially recognised as state languages. The choice of selecting these four languages is perhaps also an indication of the influence that these communities have on Singapore’s society and culture.

Fact #2: Food Is a National Passion  

Food is the important unifying factor and a great passion of all true-blue Singaporeans. Whether it is the sights and sounds of hawker centres and the crowded street markets selling all types of mouth-watering and soul-satisfying dishes at very affordable prices, or it is about savouring exorbitantly priced exotic gourmet fare at a fancy restaurant, people in Singapore are always seeking good food and are usually eager to try something new. In short Singaporeans are big foodies who enjoy and celebrate a food culture as culturally diverse as themselves.    

Fact #3: Chewing Gum Is Illegal In Singapore

That’s right. If you have a habit of chewing gum then we are afraid you will need to ditch it during your visit to Singapore. In what is a great move towards keeping the island nation super clean, there is a ban on chewing gum everywhere in Singapore. And by the way, this ban has been in place since way back in 1992.    

Fact #4: One of the Safest Countries in the World

One of the major reasons for so many people to be attracted to living and working or simply visiting Singapore in spite of it being so expensive is perhaps because Singapore has often been ranked as one of the safest countries in the world with the lowest rate of crime. This is a very significant part of Singapore’s culture even though it is one of the most densely populated and multicultural places in the world.   

Speaking of culture, New Year festivities in Singapore tend to be held on rather a grand scale making it a great time to plan a trip. Whether you join the Siloso beach party at Sentosa or the celebrations at Marina Bay, you get to witness Singaporeans all-night long party culture with the best of music and dance, at this annual extravaganza. 

Being well informed about your destination is the best preparation that you can do especially if this is your first visit to Singapore. Check out our travel guide to find out more about Singapore, best beaches, top attractions and outdoor adventure activities plus other such travel tips so that you can do your holiday planning accordingly. There is so much to see and so many exciting things to do in this tiny island nation. Before you set out on your vacation to Singapore, make sure you purchase travel insurance. After all Singapore is an expensive country to visit so you would not want to take any travel risks. Having international travel insurance is essential to protect you from a mishap such as your luggage getting lost or misplaced, a medical emergency that could occur while travelling overseas or even your trip getting cancelled. That is why it is always a smart decision to stay covered with travel insurance when travelling abroad.

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