Facts about Singapore National Day

Facts about Singapore National Day

Singapore declared independence from Britain in August 1963 and gained its own sovereignty on August 9th 1965.

To mark the day, here are 10 interesting facts about Singapore National Day.

Singapore is one of three surviving city-states (city, capital and state) in the world. The other two are Monaco and Vatican City. Singapore National Day Facts

Buildings in Singapore cannot be taller than 280 metres. Singapore National Day Facts

The largest fountain in the world is in Singapore. Located in Suntec City, it is estimated to have cost around US$6 million to build in 1997. Singapore National Day Facts

Singapore has four official languages: English, Chinese, Tamil, and Malay. Singapore National Day Facts

The Singapore Botanic Gardens contains the largest tropical orchid garden in the world. Singapore National Day Facts

Singapore is made up of 63 islands Singapore National Day Facts

At 282 metres above ground level atop One Raffles Place, 1-Altitude is the highest outside rooftop bar in the world. Singapore National Day Facts

In Singapore you can get fined $150 for not flushing after you use the toilet. Singapore National Day Facts

Singapore was named Singapura, which means 'Lion City' in Sanskrit, by Sang Nila Utama, a Sumatran Prince after he thought he saw a lion on the island, though it was more likely to have been a tiger. Singapore National Day Facts

When time zones were first used, Singapore was set as 7 hours and 30 mins ahead of GMT. In 1982, this was changed to 8 Hours to bring the country into line with neighbouring regions. Singapore National Day Facts
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