Sunday, May 10, 2009

10 Things You Didn't Know About Singapore

1. Singapore has one of the most diverse and vibrant culinary traditions

2. Singapore, long a center of religious and ethnic diversity, is home to people who practice various forms of Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Hindusim, Christianity, Sikhism, and Judaism.

3. The Singapore Arts Festival is one of the leading international arts festivals. This past year, over 700,000 people saw 496 performances and installations. The festival featured performers and art from many countries, including Spain, USA, China, Belgian, France, Australia, and UK.

4. Singapore is a growing center for Animation and Interactive Gaming technology

5. It takes 55 minutes to fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 2.5 hours to Jakarta, Indonesia; 2 hours to Vietnam; 2.5 hours to Bangkok, Thailand; 3.5 hours to Manila, Philippines; 6.5 hours to Tokyo, Japan; 3.5 hours to Hong Kong; 6 hours to Seoul, South Korea; 5 hours to Shanghai, China.

6. Singapore’s health system ranked 6th out of the world’s 191 countries according to the 2008 World Health Organization’s World Health Report US ranks 37th.

7. Singapore is the 2nd most network-ready country in the world.

8. Singapore is the easiest place to do business in the world.

9. According to the Department of Statistics for the Government of Singapore, about one-fifth of Singapore’s population are from abroad.

10. In the past 2 years alone, Singapore Changi Airport has been recognized 26 times as the best airport in the world. Accolades received from Condé Nast Traveler, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, World Travel Awards, and Global Finance.


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