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This page covers information and statistics of Singapore. Including events and holidays in Singapore, population, land size, the Singapore flag and other useful tips.


Events and Public Holidays

Singapore's polyglot population celebrates a number of festivals and events. Chinese, Hindu and Muslim celebrations follow a lunar calendar so dates of festivities vary from year to year.

Chinese New Year, in January or February, is welcomed in with dragon dances, parades and much good cheer. Chinatown is lit up and there are fireworks and night markets.

During Ramadan, food stalls are set up in the evening in the Arab Street district, near the Sultan Mosque. Hari Raya Puasa, the end of Ramadan in January or February, is marked by three days of joyful celebrations.

Vesak Day in April or May celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It is marked by various events, including the release of caged birds to symbolise the setting free of captive souls.

The Dragon Boat Festival, held in May or June, commemorates the death of a Chinese saint who drowned himself as a protest against government corruption. It is celebrated with boat races across Marina Bay.

The Festival of the Hungry Ghosts is usually celebrated in September. This is when the souls of the dead are released for feasting and entertainment on earth. Chinese operas are performed for them and food is offered; the ghosts eat the spirit of the food but thoughtfully leave the substance for the mortal celebrants.

The festival of Thaipusam is one of the most dramatic Hindu festivals and is now banned in India. Devotees honour Lord Subramaniam with acts of amazing body-piercing masochism - definitely not for the squeamish. In Singapore, devotees march in procession from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road to the Chettiar Hindu Temple on Tank Road. The festival is based on the lunar calendar but will be held in October for the next couple of years.

Public Holidays in 2016

New Year’s Day

1 January 2016

Chinese New Year

8 February - 9 February 2016

Good Friday

25 Mar 2016

Labour Day

1 May 2016

Vesak Day

21 May 2016

Hari Raya Puasa

6 July 2016

National Day

9 August 2016

Hari Raya Haji

12 September 2016

Deepavali

29 October 2016

Christmas Day

25 December 2016

Facts and Figures

Quick Facts

Full country name:

Republic of Singapore

Area:

715.8 sq km

Population:

5,312,400 (36% foreigners)

People:

74% Chinese, 13% Malay, 9% Indian, 3% Others

Language:

English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil

Religion:

9% Taoist, 42% Buddhist, 15% Muslim,
15% Christian, 4% Hindu, 15% Others

Government:

Parliamentary democracy

President:

Tony Tan

Prime Minister:

Lee Hsien Long

Major industries:

Shipping, banking, tourism, electrical & electronics, chemicals, oil refining

Major trading partners:

US, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan

Health risks:

None

Time:

GMT/UTC+8

Electricity:

220-240V, 50 Hz

County code:

+65

Mobile Phone network:

GSM 900, GSM 1800, 3G, 4G

Weights & measures:

Metric with local variations


General Information

Banking

The local currency is Singapore dollars and cents. Notes come in denominations of SGD 2, SGD 5, SGD 10, SGD 20, SGD 50, SGD 100, SGD 500, SGD 1,000, and SGD 10,000. Coins come in denomination of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and SGD 1.

Banking hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am to 3 pm, and Saturday: 9.30 am to 1 PM (some banks are open until 3 PM). Sunday, 9.30 am to 3 PM (some banks in Orchard Road). Most banks handle travelers' cheques and change foreign currencies. However, some banks do not have foreign exchange dealings on Saturday. Passports are required when cashing travelers' cheques. A nominal commission may be charged.

Credit / Charge Cards

Major cards are widely accepted by establishments in Singapore. Should any shop insist on adding a surcharge, contact the respective card company to report the errant shop-owner.

Drinking Water

It is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocers always have ample stocks.

Immigration

Visas: Most Western nationals either do not require a visa at all or do not require a visa for a social stay of up to 90 days. A 30-day permit is issued on arrival, and extensions are difficult to obtain.

Law

Singapore's government is strict on drug laws, with the death penalty applied for drug trafficking. It is also against the entry of firearms, controlled drugs, endangered species of wildlife, chewing gum and cigarette lighters in the shape of a firearm. Smoking in public buses, the MRT, taxis, lifts and air-conditioned places is also deemed against the law; with fines up to S$1,000. The government is also adamant that littering is an offence and carries penalties of a fine of S$1,000 or more; and also a stint of corrective work order.

Tipping

Tipping is seldom necessary, as a 7% goods and services tax (GST) and a service charge of 10% is usually added automatically (though always double-check the bill). However it is customary to spare a few dollars for efficient waiters, bellboys and taxi drivers.


Singapore Flag

The colours of the Singapore flag represent red for brotherhood and equality; white for purity and virtue. The crescent moon represents a young nation on the rise. The five stars stand for Singapore's ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.

The crescent moon originally served as a symbol of assurance to the Malays in 1959 —the year the flag was designed— that Singapore was not a Chinese state. Today it is generally said that the moon signified a young nation rising. The flag was designed initially to have three stars, until leaders such as then Deputy Prime Minister Toh Chin Chye expressed concern that Singapore might be perceived to have associations with the Malayan Communist Party, the flag of which also had three stars. The flag was originally meant to be red as red is a very traditional Chinese color. But because of the fear of Communism in those days, a completely red flag was abandoned.

The Singapore Flag


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Before You Exit live in Singapore 2017

ImpactLive:
Exiters alert - BYE will be making a stop in Singapore on 28th Feb for a one-night-only headline performance.

Check out Ticketbox SG for details.

Re: Advise needed for expired PR re-entry permit

Annie12321:
Hi PNGMK

My father is still holding PR, his IC is still valid. However, he cannot visit Singapore due to an expired REP. I think he can still retain his PR if he got very promising investments?? That's what I inferred from the ICA officer.

Since my mom has submit the IC. She is regarded as a foreigner now.

I am still a PR.

yess haha my case is really rare i guess

Re: First PR application rejected...what are your thoughts?

PNGMK:



Actually, my position is permanent here in Singapore until I retire, my company isn't looking to move me. Would it help if I have supporting documents as proof for this in my 2nd application?

What do you have? A series of post dated cheques? A contract? None of that matters - it's worth ZERO. If you are the senior successful whatever you claim to be you know it means nothing.

Renounced PR outside Singapore, how to return to Singapore?

Annie12321:
Hello everyone. My parents got PR via investment in year 2008. However, due to insufficient time stayed in Singapore, the ICA has rejected their REPs (so does mine). My parents left Singapore without renouncing the PR status so that I am still a PR as long as I am staying in Singapore.

My mom wants to visit me in Singapore but when she applied for visitor VISA, she was told that she needs to return her IC. She was told that once she leaves singapore with an expired REP, she is deemed as giving up her PR.

Hence, I returned my mom's IC on her behalf to the ICA last week. Now, my mom needs to apply for visitor VISA but she was told by the agent that she will likely be rejected in this case.

What should I do now? My mom still needs to come to Singapore to deal with the CPF and bank account issues. She also wants to visit me since we are seperated for one year :(

I am 20 years old (below 21 years old), so definitely my mom cannot authorise me to help her deal with bank account and CPF.

Can someone please help me ?? Thank you all in advance!!!

Re: Advise needed for expired PR re-entry permit

PNGMK:
That's interesting. What passport are your parens holding now?

Re: Advise needed for expired PR re-entry permit

Annie12321:
Hello, everyone, i would like to appreciate all the replies!

Some updates. My parents actually left singapore with expired REPs this year Jan. My status is still PR as long as I stay inside Singapore. However, my mom wants to visit me in Singapore. Hence, she applied for visitor VISA but the officer asked her to return her IC to the ICA.

Hence, I returned her IC to the ICA on her behalf. Now, she needs a VISA to come into Singapore to deal with some admin stuff for CPF and bank accounts.

However, when she applied for visitor VISA, she was told that she is likely to be rejected by the ICA.

May I know what should I do now?

Re: Micro Investment Apps

YoungAndBroke:
Unfortunately, seeing a jar fill up with loose change will only entice my urges to run along to the vending machine downstairs far more often than I should. Plus my wife would just smack me silly and find some way to stuff it into her wallet.

Plus the idea of having a penny portfolio sounds like a fun way to watch grass grow.

In all seriousness though, the apps that I did some research on typically have a favourable fee structure and let you invest anywhere from pennies to thousands of dollars. I think its a great way for young people to get their feet wet. Seems simple too from what I saw on apps like...kidding :)

I know its probably a long shot to find, as I get the feeling that Asia in general is still quite behind in the "app entrepreneur" domain.

Importing personal belongings - TradeNet

SimonTheExpat:
So I have my personal belongings (furniture) coming from Australia by ship and Im just trying to work through the webpage



My 'Declaration of Facts' has been approved and Ive emailed the required docs to customs, Im now on step 4. which is

4) Declare a Customs In-Non Payment (GST relief) permit via TradeNet within 5 days of receiving Customs’ approval of GST relief.

So looking at this page 'What You Need to Know about TradeNet'

Im just totally confused about how Im meant to preceed, it seems I have to apply for a TradeNet account and then Declare a Customs In-Non Payment (GST relief) permit, but its the TradeNet account I just have no idea what to do?

Does anyone have any experience in this?

Do I open a TradeNet account? it seems theres multiple ways to do this on this page

https://www.tradexchange.gov.sg/tradexc ... trade.html

it seems like Im going to become a 'declaring agent' which seems like a bit of an overkill to me?

Singapore Girls

danny2015:
Hi, I wonder why does majorities of the girls keep on showing me this expression if our eyes meet or not:

Re: Experiences of living in Singapore - good, bad or funny

s185505:
Thank you for your responses so far.

If anyone is still interesting in sharing/helping i would also love to know about your experiences in working in Singapore. Do you have to have a job to go to before you enter/settle in the country. Is it a case of multinational countries offering you the placement in Singapore or did you choose to go there and search for a job to go to. Are there any rules and regulations about working there that are different, whats the tax system like, do they have NHS.

Sorry I have lots of questions but anything you wish to relay will be fine. Im especially interested in your experiences rather than just the bureaucracy though thats important too!

Re: Watching UK TV [VPN, + indirect channel]

Barnsley:


are you "the" Willie Aames?

Re: Planning to travel Singapore

willieaames:
Have a look at Dunlop st in Little India. It's crawling with back packers and similar style hotels / hostels.

Re: Watching UK TV [VPN, + indirect channel]

willieaames:
Sports is the only real hang up for Cord cutting. It's tough. I've tried hola in the past for accessing uk streaming sites.

Planning to travel Singapore

rakeshj:
Hello Guys, I am backpacker from Dubai, I am planning to travel Singapore in Feb for seven days. I want to know local places to eat, lesser known things to do and affordable accommodation in Singapore. I am glad if you share Singapore Travel Guide also.
Thanks in advance :)

Re: First PR application rejected...what are your thoughts?

x9200:



Actually, my position is permanent here in Singapore until I retire, my company isn't looking to move me. Would it help if I have supporting documents as proof for this in my 2nd application?
I think it's less about the specific position held by the applicant, but potential opportunities the job/experience/profile may create. It was a general remark, so not sure how impactful this would be in your case - I would expect your race and age being probably the primary issues.