Come 9 August 2016, Singapore will be celebrating its 51st birthday. It is therefore appropriate that I dedicate my 51st article on Ezine Articles to honor the nation for all its accomplishments.
Here are 51 reasons why you should love Singapore:
Singapore Changi Airport: Consistently voted the best airport in the world.
Singapore Airlines: Consistently voted as the top-3 best airline in the world.
Well-Organized Transport System: Very efficient system of trains and buses the covers the entire city. Train arrives every 2 to 5 minutes on average.
Robust Education System: Students consistently rank among the top in the world for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Top Universities: The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are ranked Top 20 in the world.
Clean Water: You can drink water from the tap!
Clean Environment: Clean and fresh air all year-round (except when the haze arrives). The streets are also clean.
Well-Organized City: City development are well-organized, and housing estates are well-managed by Town Councils.
Community Clubs: With 108 community clubs spread island-wide, community clubs are a unique social invention of Singapore. Learn skills and mingle with fellow citizens through programs organized by these community clubs.
Best Passport In The World: The World Tourism Organization (WTO) published a report on 15 January 2016, ranking the Singaporean passport first in the world (tied with Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom) in terms of travel freedom, with a mobility index of 160
Bilingualism: Singaporeans are required to learn both their mother tongue and the English Language.
Singlish: With the ‘Lor’, ‘Lah’ and ‘Shiok’, Singlish is a unique feature of Singapore!
Multi-Cultural Society: 4 major races (Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Eurasians) with foreigners from all over the world live on this sunny island in harmony.
Religious Harmony: No fights against each major religion in Singapore. Cheers to peace!
Public Housing: 90% of Singaporeans own their own homes.
The Merlion: A mythical animal as a hybrid between a Lion head and the fish tail, the Merlion remains our mascot.
Great Food: Enjoy Chinese, Malay, Indian, Western, Japanese, Korean, Middle Eastern and other cuisines from all over the world.
Sentosa: It has Singapore’s man-made Siloso Beach, and the Universal Studios theme park.
Singapore Sling: The iconic drink invented in the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel is now found in the menu of bars and pubs all over the world.
Taxi: With close to 30,000 official taxis servicing a population of fewer than 5.5 million people, it is easier to get a taxi then you think.
Lee Kuan Yew: The founding father of Singapore who steered the country to what it is today.
National Libraries: With 29 regional and public libraries spread across the island, the national libraries bring books of joy to children, and provide a place to study for students.
Night Safari: Singapore’s Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal safari park. It showcases more than 2,500 animals in their natural nighttime habitats.
Gardens By The Bay: Step inside the world’s largest column-less greenhouse to view exotic plants from around the world.
Esplanade: A concert hall shaped like a durian fruit.
Top Restaurants: Top chefs such as Joel Robuchon, Daniel Boulud and Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay has opened his first restaurant here, Jamie Oliver his second and Wolfgang Puck his first Spago in Asia.
Hawker Centres: Cheap and affordable delicacies at your doorstep!
The world’s highest and largest rooftop pool: The view from Marina Bay Sands’ world’s highest 495-foot rooftop pool is truly magnificent!
Haw Par Villa: We have the world’s scariest theme park. The 1,000-plus statue theme park built in 1937 depicts a walk through the 18 levels of hell according to Chinese folklore.
Botanic Gardens: Recently recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Colonial Architecture: Buildings like the Fullerton Hotel, the Victoria Concert Hall and the Old Supreme Court brings history to life!
The world’s safest banks: Singapore’s local banks are often recognised as among the world’s safest banks with strong credit ratings.
Singapore Formula 1 Night Race: One of the crown jewels of the F1 calendar.
Campaigns: We have a series of government-led campaign for almost anything important. Be Courteous, Speak English, Speak Mandarin, Stop Dengue, Save Water, Stop Littering, Be Kind, Don’t Spit, Stop At Two.
‘Fine’ City: A pun that appropriately describes the fine aspects of our city-state, and the plethora of fines that exist.
The Little Red Dot: We love how we turned an insult into a national pride!
Many Running Spots: With pavements interwoven within housing estates, coupled with nature reserves, reservoirs and parks, Singapore has many running spots all around the island.
Competitive Races: There are more than 100 races organized every year. These races include marathons, half-marathons, 10km races, 5km races, triathlon, bike races and family runs, enough to keep you busy running around all year-round!
Toastmasters Clubs: With more than 200 Toastmasters Clubs spread across this tiny island, you will have ample opportunities to develop your public speaking and leadership skills!
Strong Government and Civil Service: The government is recognised as transparent and uncorrupted, and the civil service sector is well-managed.
Easiest Place To Do Business: Recognised by the World Bank as the easiest place to do business for ten consecutive years.
Technological Capabilities: Recognised by the World Economic Forum as the Most Technology-Ready Nation.
Competitiveness: Recognised as the second most competitive country in the world by the World Economic Forum.
Foreign Exchange: Singapore is the third largest foreign exchange centre in the world
Financial Hub: Singapore is the third largest financial centre in the world.
Oil Refinery: Singapore is the third largest oil refining and trading centre in the world.
Container Ports: Recognised as one of the top two busiest container ports in the world since the 1990s.
Strong Credit Rating: For the past 10 years, Singapore has been the only Asian country with the top Triple-A sovereign rating from all major credit rating agencies.
High Per Capita GDP: Singapore GDP Per Capita is one of the highest in the world.
Walking Speed: We have the fastest average walking speed in the world, a testament to our hectic lifestyle.
Citizens: The citizens and residents of past, present and future, who made our country the way we are today. You are in this list!
51 reasons to celebrate 51 years of independence. Majulah Singapura!
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