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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 2015

New Year’s Day

1 January 2015

Chinese New Year

19 February - 20 February 2015

Good Friday

3 April 2015

Labour Day

1 May 2015

Vesak Day

1 June 2015

Hari Raya Puasa

17 July 2015

SG50 Public Holiday 

7 August 2015

National Day

9 August 2015

Hari Raya Haji

24 September 2015


10 November 2015

Christmas Day

25 December 2015

Facts and Figures

Quick Facts

Full country name:

Republic of Singapore


715.8 sq km


5,312,400 (36% foreigners)


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


English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil


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


Parliamentary democracy


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:





220-240V, 50 Hz

County code:


Mobile Phone network:

GSM 900, GSM 1800, 3G

Weights & measures:

Metric with local variations

General Information


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.


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.


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 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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This is regarding PR for my kids..
My daughter was born in India and my son in Singapore. Six yrs and three years kids .. we applied PR it got rejected in six months tht is ,we applied on jan 23 and rejected result we saw on 6 th July..... we don't why it was rejected. Next year my daughter is going to primary one no idea where and which place she will because no pr ????..
My husband is working here for past 10 yrs.
We both parents are PR.
And living in own house
Salary as mentioned and
We have started our own company its was just two months in which even I am working .
But still no pr don't know what to do and how to proceed.
Please guide us to appeal and apply for pr and how to proceed without any mistakes.


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the lynx:
it's not about being a rebel or whatever. it's about understanding basic things about life and work. i can see texan kids earning their money by doing baby-sitting, working in fastfoods etc. to get a job they get training and certification (like CPR). they understand the basic relation life->earning->work->training (and workplace etiquette). most of the teenagers in my neighborhood work (and cinco ranch is not exactly a poor place)
sg kids grow up with a broken line of sight. they are led to believe that accumulating knowledge like a disk will get them success (how? they are not told, but they don't care - they are told they don't need to care). work? it's for the others. they are born to be managers. none of the kids in cinco expect the gov't to provide them with manager positions over graduation


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BMW - Bus Mrt or Walk Lah!

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I think it is about the maturing average. Some 16yo are already mature, some not (much more variation than at around 18 yo).
And with the army and tougher times it's a paradox: a 16yo voluntary joining is likely to be mature and disciplined enough so he does not need the army to shape him up in that respect.

Re: Curry puffs and kuehs contrabands

Careful JR8, RATM is part of the "cartel". You can tell by his BMW bicycle.....


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Personally, I think that would be a wrong assumption. But then again, the phychologist did find him okay. So, based on that assumption, I would have to assume that he knows precisely what he is doing and why, so therefore should reap the just rewards of his actions. My father joined the Navy and 16 and landed on Okinawa during the invasion landing as a medic. I joined the Army at 17 and spend 18 months in the NAM as a chopper pilot. At 16, you are an adult as far as I'm concerned and should be treated accordingly.

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"The treatment of Amos Yee is disgusting and should be abhorred by all right thinking people, especially parents of young children.................

Amos is out. He came out in T-shirt and shorts, clutching a bag of his belongings to his chest. He looked shell-shocked to me, shuffling and looking down at the ground.

He did not look or behave like the boy I met not long after he was first charged. That boy was smug and cocky. The boy today is silent and downcast."
It is wrong to put a 16yo in jail for something like this. It is not wrong to discipline him. Probably NS-like thing could be the best option if available. Assuming he is mentally ok.

Re: Rental options for short term periods

Maybe one of our other regulars will have a idea of the Serviced Apartments located in/near the Bugis area. I'm a Flat owner for the last 16 years so am out of that and the rental market completely so am of no use there.

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Careful JR8, RATM is part of the "cartel". You can tell by his BMW bicycle.....

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He did not look or behave like the boy I met not long after he was first charged. That boy was smug and cocky. The boy today is silent and downcast.andquot;

And he decided to appeal his back dated sentence .. in case you missed it ...

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I noticed that the price is much cheaper than SG
I am planning on heading there late August so it'd be great o have a travel buddy as well.

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And one more from the Business Insider... who are the real capitalists?

http://www.businessinsider.com/greece-r ... ign=buffer

Countries with huge corruption should take note. Greece and Germany are structured quite differently, their business environments, allowing corruption to thrive in the former.

"In fact, a huge chunk of the country's tax-collection problems stem from the fact that there are two and a half times more self-employed and small-business people in Greece than there are in the average country. And small businesses are expert at avoiding tax.................

If Greece were more socialist — more like Germany, with its giant corporations that have massive unionised workforces paying taxes off their payrolls — then tax collection would be a lot higher in Greece."

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'The shock result effectively calls the bluff of eurozone leaders and the heads of the European Commission and Parliament, forcing them either to back down or carry out drastic threats to eject Greece from monetary union.'...
' The EU's leadership was in utter confusion as it became clear during the day that support was swinging back to the "No" camp, despite blanket coverage from the private TV stations warning that a "No" meant Armageddon.

"The Greek people have proven that they cannot be blackmailed, terrorized, and threatened," said Panos Kammenos, the defence minister and head of the coalition's ANEL party.

French president Francois Hollande said he would bend over backwards to keep Greece in the euro despite voting no. He is to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris on Monday to draw up a joint response to what has turned into the biggest EU fiasco since the rejection of the European constitution by France and Holland in 2005.

Martin Schulz, head of the European Parliament, was still insisting on Sunday that a "No" vote must mean expulsion from the euro, but his view is becoming untenable.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission's chief, is equally trapped by his own rhetoric after warning last week that a No vote would be a rejection of Europe itself, leading to calamitous consequences. '...

'There is now a clear rift between Germany and France, perhaps serious enough to cause long-term damge to the coherence of monetary union. '...

' "With the rejection of the rules of the euro zone, negotiations about a programme worth billions are barely conceivable," he said. His hardline position was echoed by Slovak finance minister, Peter Kazimir, who tweeted: "The nightmare of the "euro-architects" that a country could leave the club seems like a realistic scenario after Greece voted No today."

Such an approach appears irreconcilable with the views of the French economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, who said the EMU creditors are equally to blame for the crisis and must resist the temptation to "crush" the Greek people. "It is our responsibility to avoid a Versailles Treaty within the eurozone," he said.

Italy's Matteo Renzi said the sight of pensioners weeping in front of banks was a black mark on the conscience of Europe. "We must start to speak to each other again, and nobody knows this than better than Angela Merkel," he said. '
Continues... and again worth reading the whole article (if the subject is of interest of course ;))

I find it almost inconceivable that the 'rulers' of the EU could have completely stuffed up their project in such a savagely incompetent fashion. Heavens knows how this situation is going to get settled. ... I don't know, and no wonder, Germany and France clearly have no idea either ...

malum consilium quod mutari non potest

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http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/07 ... nswer-for/

"The treatment of Amos Yee is disgusting and should be abhorred by all right thinking people, especially parents of young children.................

Amos is out. He came out in T-shirt and shorts, clutching a bag of his belongings to his chest. He looked shell-shocked to me, shuffling and looking down at the ground.

He did not look or behave like the boy I met not long after he was first charged. That boy was smug and cocky. The boy today is silent and downcast."

Re: Some interesting currency moves today

Strong Eagle:
A joke is now circulating in Athens. A young Greek man visits the Australian consulate in Athens and asks for a work visa. “Why do you want to leave Greece?” asks the official.

“For two reasons,” replies the Greek. “First, I am worried that Greece will leave the EU, which will lead to new poverty and chaos in the country . . .”

“But,” interrupts the official, “this is pure nonsense: Greece will remain in the EU and submit to financial discipline!”

“Well,” responds the Greek calmly, “this is my second reason.”