Singaporeans are known for many things, but did you know that they are also known as the fastest pedestrians in the entire world? Meaning that if you are just strolling down the street at a regular pace, over five million people will be marching by you at a speed of 6.15 kilometers per hour.
Where are they hurrying to? Why are they running? And do they at least take advantage of this and participate in the race walking competition at the Olympics?
Million Dollar Baby
Although Singapore is a small country, the money there is big. One out of six people you come across has property (or cash) worth more than one million dollars. That ratio is higher than in any other place in the world.
There are over 500 thousand extra rich people in Singapore, ranking it 10th in the world. It is also the only country in Asia to beat the USA when it comes to gross domestic product per capita. Interesting.
Imported Sand of Singapore
Could you imagine living in a place where everything, but almost everything is imported? The people of Singapore are no strangers when it comes to "made in..." They do have many local goods that they export too, however, the majority of goods available, are imported from a foreign land.
The entire economy of this place is based on shipping. Fresh water and sand have to be imported, as Singapore has run out of its own, making it the largest sand importer in the world. Is there an award for such a title?
Tree Planting Day
If you're planning to visit Singapore, don't do it on November 7th unless you want to spend your time tree planting. Don't get us wrong, we are for planting and for trees, but to travel all the way around the world for a tree? Anyway, on November 7th everyone, and we mean everyone, is out and about planting a tree, making Singapore greener than it is.
From government people to school students, they are all out there, planting away, and some even adopt trees as gifts. Yes, it's a thing in Singapore. You don't only plant them, you adopt them for life too.
The Easy Way Out
We often read, hear, and learn at school about great nations, occupying smaller countries. Those are apparently the rules of the world, except for Singapore. In 1965, Malaysia had enough and voluntarily gave Singapore its independence.
Like most stories, the separation of the two countries was a result of political issues and economic differences, which lead Malaysia to choose the easy way out and let the rest of the world deal with Singapore. Name one other country in the world that deliberately gave independence to another. We'll wait.