Odds & Ends
Weather: Located just one degree north of the equator, there is little variation in Singapore’s tropical weather. There are two monsoon seasons: the Northeastern monsoon, which run from December to March, and the Southwestern monsoons between June and September. However, unlike other countries in the region, Singapore has no distinct “wet” or “dry” seasons. April and May are the hottest months, with temperatures averaging around 32 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit), and December and January are the coolest, with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). No need to pack your winter coat and boots when heading to Singapore—but be sure to invest in a good umbrella!
Laws: Singapore is known for having an odd assortment of laws on the books. Some joke that Singapore is a “fine” city, referring to the many fines that one can face for a variety of seemingly minor offenses. Since the early 1990s, chewing gum has been banned, and any offenders will face hefty fines (but, fortunately, no caning!). As a result, the sidewalks are spic-and-span and convenience stores sell an array of gum substitutes and candies. Litterers will be fined and potentially forced to pick up trash on the weekends, smoking is prohibited in nearly all public areas. and on a more serious note, drug users can face the death penalty.
Airport: Singapore’s Changi Airport is conveniently located just 20 kilometers from the downtown area, a 20 to 30 minute drive depending on traffic. It is also easily accessible by the North East MRT line, which runs right in the main airport terminal. Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia, and several other airlines use the airport as their main hub, giving Singaporeans many travel options for both long-haul flights and quick weekend getaways. The airport is extremely efficient, and has consistently been ranked at the top of the list for the best airports in the world.
Thanks to land reclamation, Singapore is almost 25 percent bigger than it was at independence.
The country is made up of 63 different islands.
Measured by per capita GDP, Singapore is the third wealthiest country in the world after Qatar and Luxembourg.
Singapore is the third most densely populated country in the world, after Macau and Monaco.