An anomaly among capital cities, Singapore is the world’s only island city-state. In a weird twist of linguistics, Singapore is also its own capital city. The island-country is formally known as the Republic of Singapore, while common nicknames for the Singaporean capital are Little Red Dot and the Lion City.
PwC’s 2016 Cities of Opportunity Index ranked Singapore number 1 among the world’s easiest cities in which to do business. Singapore scored well on ease of starting a business, workforce management risk and tax efficiency.
Singapore shipped $329.9 billion worth of exported products around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Singaporean exports include electronic integrated circuits, refined petroleum oils, cellphones, computers, transistors and diodes, aircraft parts and turbojets.
Capital Facts for Singapore: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: The Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Merlion Park
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Singapore:
- Lee Hsien Loong, former prime minister (born Feb. 10, 1952)
- Ross Butler, actor (born May 17, 1990)
- Joseph Schooling, Olympic swimmer (born Jun. 16, 1995)
- Pauline Ng, entrepreneur & Porcelain founder (born Dec. 1, 1985)
- Baby K, singer-songwriter (born Feb. 5, 1983)
- Erika Tham, actress & musician (born Dec. 15, 1999)
- Priscella Chan, actress (born Nov. 6, 1978)
- Adam Khoo, motivational speaker & entrepreneur (born Apr. 8, 1974)
- Paul Thompson, hockey coach & author (born Apr. 5, 1968)
- Kishore Mahbubani, professor & former diplomat (born Oct. 24, 1948 )
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Singapore resident: Singaporean
Population: 5,725,000 (Singapore city-state)
Density: 20,594 people per square mile (7,951 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$365.9 billion in 2014 (Singapore city-state)
GDP per person: $66,864
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Singapore: Singapore dollar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on November 23, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on November 23, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on November 23, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on November 23, 2016
Official Government Website, Singapore Government. Accessed on November 23, 2016
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 2016 Cities of Opportunity Report. Accessed on January 30, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 23, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on November 23, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Singapore. Accessed on November 23, 2016
Singapore has a population of 5.7 million people living within 278 square miles (720 square kilometers). Singapore’s land territory comprises a diamond-shaped main island plus 62 islets.
Population density is intense within the Southeast Asian city-state with an average 20,600 Singaporeans per square mile (8,000 per square kilometer).
Singapore gained its independence from the Malaysian Federation on August 9, 1965. Singaporeans celebrate National Day as a public holiday each August 9.