The Republic of Singapore is located on an island at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The area of the Southeast Asian city-state is only 728 square kilometers. That is less than Hamburg, Germany's second largest city, in terms of area. 1,86 million people live in Hamburg; in Singapore, the population is currently estimated at 5,9 million.
Singapore's unique architecture
People mainly live and work on the main island of Pulau Ujong. Another 61 smaller, insignificant islands belong to the national territory. Through targeted land reclamation, the size of the national territory has increased noticeably in the last few decades.
The Singapore location is likely to have been used by the Chinese as early as the 3rd century. In the 14th century, a Malay trading port was built on the square. Later the region was forgotten again. When Thomas Stamford Raffles founded a British trading post in 1819, the cornerstone of what is now Singapore was laid. The city was a colony of the British Crown until 1959. After gaining independence in 1963, the small state first sought to join the Kingdom of Malaysia. Two years later the project was abandoned.
Statue of Thomas Stamford Raffles
Singapore's economy and infrastructure
Since then, Singapore has developed into a prosperous state structure. The per capita gross domestic product is comparable to that of leading Western European countries.
In the ranking of the largest trading ports in the world, Singapore ranks second after Shanghai. The country is a highly developed export nation. Production focuses on: electronics, petrochemicals, medical technology, optics and pharmaceuticals.
High-rise buildings wherever you look
The country is also one of the world's leading financial centers. It is an important trading center and base for globally operating transport companies. Compared to Germany, the infrastructure is highly developed. Multi-lane roads ensure a steady flow of traffic. A dense network of buses, S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines open up the city-state. Countless taxis transport passengers to individual destinations. On the basis of these favorable conditions, there is no need for a car in Singapore. Access to automobiles is also regulated by horrendous taxes. Changi Airport is one of the largest airports in Southeast Asia. It is on the list of the 20 most important passenger airports in the world.
Travel destination Singapore
Although there are almost no historical monuments, the still young country is a travel destination for explorers. A stay of several days is hardly enough to explore the city. But that doesn’t mean that you should forego discovery tours when there is less time available. No matter who comes: backpackers, business travelers, package tourists or cruise ship passengers, Singapore welcomes its guests. Destinations that short vacationers should see in Singapore are described below Singapore attractions.
The high-rise buildings of the Financial District
Singapore is the cleanest city we know. The exemplary public cleanliness is enforced through conditions and draconian penalties. Consumption of food and drink in public is subject to substantial fines. Smoking in public is banned almost everywhere. And graffiti artists are best left with their spray cans in their luggage. The import of chewing gum is also subject to a strict ban. The public space is free from waste. - Singapore is a managed democracy. The state authorities absolutely do not condone violations of public order.
Update May 2023