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    The earliest recorded name for the present day Singapore is 'Temasek' (means 'Sea Town' in Old Javanese language)
    Sang Nila Utama, a Srivijayan prince from Palembang (of present day Indonesia) went to the island of Temasek for hunting and saw a strange animal with an orange body, black head. He was told that it probably was a lion. He believed it to be a good omen and founded a city in 1324. He named the city "Singapura" ("Singa" is a Sanskrit word for lion, and "Pura" means city in Sanskrit - The name thus means the "Lion City")


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    The entire lyrics of the national anthem are printed in microtext on the back of the $1,000 note.
    Majulah Singapura (Onward Singapore) is the national anthem of Singapore. Composed by Zubir Said in 1958, the song was selected in 1959 as the island's anthem when it attained self-government. Upon full independence in 1965, Majulah Singapura was formally adopted as Singapore's national anthem. By law the anthem may only be sung with its original Malay lyrics

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    Kallang River, the longest river in Singapore, is just 10 km long.
    The Singapore River, the most famous river in the country, is also extremely short and small. Some of the much smaller rivers are Geylang River and Rochor River. You can complete your morning jogging tracing any of these rivers' entire length!
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    Singapore permits buildings to be constructed only up to a maximum height of 280 metres as a safety measure for planes landing and taking off from the Changi Airport
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    Bukit Timah (means 'tin hill' in Malay language) is the highest natural point in Singapore. The peak stands at 163 metres (537 ft.) and there are buildings in Singapore that are taller and higher than its natural peak. The 25-km long Bukit Timah Road is the longest road in Singapore
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    Singapore is the second most densely populated sovereign nation in the world. About 7,600 people live per square km in Singapore. (Monaco, at 18,500 persons per square km, is the most densely populated sovereign nation in the world. Mongolia, at 2 persons per square km, has the lowest population desity among all sovereign nations. Canada has about 4 people living per square km and Australia has about 3 people living per square km)
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    The largest fountain in the world is located in Singapore at Suntec City. Made of cast bronze, it cost an estimated US$6 million to build in 1997.
    At 165m, the Singapore Flyer is the world's highest observation wheel, and is the height of 31 male giraffes stacked on top of one another.
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    Singapore consists of one main island and 63 other tiny uninhabited islands and islets. Singapore's area is 697 square km and only 18 countries are smaller (191 sovereign nations have bigger area)
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    Singapore has the world's highest concentration of millionaire households, with about 16 percent of the households having US$1 million or more in investable assets
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    In Singapore, if a person cannot find a date or a life partner, government comes to the rescue! Singapore government has established 'Social Development Network' to 'promote marriages among singles and create opportunities and services for singles to find life partners'. Its key responsibilities include 'equipping singles with relationship/dating skills' and 'ensuring quality and credible dating services are available'.
    Its website is: http://app.msf.gov.sg/About-MSF/Our-People/Divisions-at-MSF/Family-Development-and-Support/Social-Development-Network
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    Singapore is a tiny nation and it has no natural resources, so it has to import almost everything it needs. It imports not only sand, but even the fresh water from Malaysia.
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    Singapore is a city state meaning the city itself is the country and its capital. Since Singapore is a tiny nation, a person can drive from one end of the country to the other end in just a few minutes.
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    Singapore Prime Minister is the highest paid government official in the world. Singapore Prime Minister is also the highest paid elected official in the world. The annual salary of the Prime Minister of Singapore is about 1.5 million US dollars (as per July 2014 exchange rates) In contrast, Indian Prime Minister, who rules a population that is about 200 times the population of Singapore, earns about 32,000 US dollars as salary and perks
    Second highest paid government official in the world is CEO of Hong Kong (annual salary: about 5,40,000 US dollars) American President's annual salary is 400,000 US dollars
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    The largest tropical orchid garden in the world is in Singapore Botanic Gardens
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    As Singapore is a tiny nation, the number of the vehicles plying on its roads have to be restricted for the traffic to move. So, to buy a car, a person must first purchase a Certificate of Entitlement (COE) which gives the right to drive a car on the streets. This permit will cost about ten thousands dollars on auction. The COE charge varies depending on the size of the vehicle and the demand at the time and has to be renewed every 10 years. Then, import duty (41% of the cost) and record fee (140% of the cost) have to be paid.
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    In 1981, Malaysia moved its clocks in West Malaysia ahead by 30 min. That forced Singapore to follow suit, as it is heavily dependent on Malaysian imports