Which cities are there in Singapore

Singapore - the republic and its capital

The smallest state in Southeast Asia is the city and island state Singapore. 5,709,000 people live in an area of ​​710.2 square kilometers. The Republic of Singapore, whose capital is the city of Singapore, has a very high population density with 6558.1 inhabitants per km². In comparison, Germany has a population density of 230.1 inhabitants per square kilometer. Singapore gained independence from Malaysia on August 9, 1965. Halima Yacob has been the head of state through his office as President since 2017.

The name Singapore comes from the Sanskrit and means Lion City ("Singha" means "lion" and "Pura" means "city").

Limited area of ​​Singapore: more land is needed!

Land reclamation is very important to Singapore. Singapore is hardly as big as Hamburg, which is why earth material is taken from other countries, from the seabed and from its own mountains. The land reclamation measures have been crowned with success, because Singapore has grown over 100 km² since the 1960s. The plan is to expand the land mass to 800 square kilometers by 2030. This acute lack of space is also the reason why Singapore has the highest cost of living in the world. In addition to the already high population, Singapore is also one of the most visited cities in the world with around 11 million annual tourists. In addition to Hong Kong, the city-state of Singapore is the most important financial center and trading hub in Asia.

Merlion statue in central Singapore

Surrounded by Malaysia and Indonesia, separated by 2 straits of the sea

Singapore is located south of Malaysia and north of Indonesia. Johor Strait separates Singapore from Malaysia and the Singapore Strait separates it from Indonesia. However, there are links to Malaysia. The Johor-Singapore Causeway, an artificial dam in the north, connects Singapore with the city of Johor Bahru. To the west there is a bridge called the Second Link.

At 176 meters, Bukit Timah Hill is the highest hill in Singapore. From October to February the average temperatures, of 28 degrees, are a little lower and it rains more.

The religions and people of Singapore

Buddhism as the most represented religion in Singapore

Buddhism is the most widely represented religion in Singapore. 42.5 percent belong to this religion. 14.9 percent belong to Islam. 14.6 percent are Christians, 8.5 percent are Taoists and 4 percent are Hindus.

Hindu temple

Those who have now included will find that 15.5 percent are still missing, which is attributable to the population who do not feel they belong to any religion (14.8 percent) and these people who belong to the smaller religious communities (0.7 percent) . The Unification Church and Jehovah's Witnesses are banned in Singapore.

Multiethnic population of Singapore

The almost 8 million inhabitants of the city-state of Singapore are mostly Chinese, Malays and Indians. According to current data from the UN, life expectancies in Singapore are among the highest in the world at 84.5 years for women and 80.1 years for men.

Although English is mainly used for communication in business and schools, Chinese, Malay and Tamil are also official languages ​​of Singapore.

Since the state in Singapore attaches great importance to the harmonious coexistence of the various ethnic groups, an attempt is made to mix the groups with various housing construction projects. While the different groups often remain to one another, for example when it comes to choosing a school or a spouse, there are signs of a cultural mix in language, way of life and cuisine. Singlish is thus a widespread variant of the language, composed of English and parts of all other official languages.

Global City Singapore

Overall, Singapore can be counted among the most exciting cities in the world. As one of the so-called lower states, Singapore managed to rise from an emerging country to an economy based primarily on the service sector. In just a few decades, Singapore became one of the richest cities in the world.

Singapore skyline: banks, hotels and restaurants adorn the horizon

Furthermore, Singapore is interesting due to its diverse population, which gives the city-state a unique liveliness on the one hand, and its international importance on the other. The city-state is also the seat of transnational corporations and Singapore's banking and financial markets are of global importance.