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 18 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

Singaporeans are the fastest pedestrians in the world, walking at a speed of about 6.15 km per hour! Singapore National Day Facts

The tallest indoor waterfall in the world is located in Singapore at the Gardens by the Bay, and it stands at a height of 35 meters. Singapore National Day Facts

Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has more tree species than all of North America. Singapore National Day Facts

The USB memory stick was invented in Singapore. Singapore National Day Facts

Singapore is the world's largest exporter of exotic aquarium fish. Singapore National Day Facts

One out of every six people in Singapore has assets worth USD1 million or more, higher than anyone else in the world. Singapore National Day Facts

You can find the National Anthem of Singapore on the back of the SGD 1000 note, written in micro text. Singapore National Day Facts

The signature Singapore Sling, which contains gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angostura bitters and lime, was first served at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel in the year 1915. Singapore National Day Facts
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