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  • Writer's picturePahel Shah

Singapore: The City-State, Ethnic Melting Pot, and Safest Country

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

Singapore - a country that is also considered a state, is home to 3 different ethnicities, and one of the safest places in the world. We had the opportunity to sit down with Pahel Shah to hear about her perspective as a Singaporean local. While talking to her, we realized how intricate and culturally diverse Singapore really is!

A City-State?

Did you know that you have to write “Singapore, Singapore” when sending a letter to an address in Singapore? In 1965, Singapore became independent of Malaysia which created the world’s only island city-state. Singapore is a very small country and can actually be driven from one side to the other in about an hour. In just 50+ years, Singapore has developed into one of the most efficient and affluent countries in the world.

Ethnic Melting Pot.

Singapore is home to three different ethnicities: Chinese, Malay, and Indian. This country is so rich in culture that you can never get bored of the delicious food options. The people in Singapore are very religiously and culturally diverse which has contributed to the most accepting group of people. While walking around in Singapore, you will hear from four different languages - Chinese, Malay, Tamil, and English. Singaporeans also speak their own language called Singlish which is an English-based creole language that essentially encompasses the four national languages.

Safety First!

If you’ve heard anything about Singapore, you probably know that Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world! This is due to the fact that Singapore has extreme punishments to enforce their laws. For example, it is actually illegal to chew gum in Singapore. The people are very honest and look out for one another. If you were to leave a belonging in a crowded area, it is very likely that the item will still be there after a few hours of leaving it. Take note of the strict laws in Singapore because once you’re there, no one is above the law and you will be penalized for any illegal activities! Another example, the possession or consumption of cannabis in Singapore is imprisonment of up to 10 years with a possible fine of $20,000 under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Be smart out there!

Want to Learn More?

You’ve started your list of what to know & do when visiting Singapore. Now, start your list of recommendations by downloading our app, Locals Insight. It enables users to discover new unique experiences at home and abroad to make lifelong memories. Download it now! (Available on iOS).

If you want to see Pahel’s specific recommendations, find her profile in the Locals Insight app by searching “Vatos Urban Tacos”. There’s your first rec right there!

If you want to explore, check out our other resources on Singapore to learn more!


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