We already researched and written about Singapore being a capitalist country. This time around, we’re going to talk about another kind of “capital.”
You can already get a big clue if you read our guide explaining the area code in Singapore.
However, we’re happily providing more information about the capital of Singapore in today’s post.
Is SG a country or city?
Singapore is both a city and a country, so its capital also happens to be the whole of Singapore, as well.
This also explains why all of Singapore’s phone numbers belong to a single “area” code (+65 followed by eight digits). Singapore’s small total land area would mean that having separate area codes would be impractical to implement.
Singapore is also known by other monikers, such as The Lion City and Garden City. Many tourists also jokingly refer to it as “a Fine City” because of the stiff penalties and fines imposed on things like chewing gum and littering.
Singapore is only 697 square kilometres
Singapore is strategically placed in a harbour between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. It began as a port of call but was transformed into modern-day Singapore when the Stamford Raffles arrived there in 1819.
The port’s growth became steadier when the demand for rubber, tin, and other materials from the Malay Peninsula increased in the 1870s. Singapore proved to be an important shipping outlet for many vessels.
It contains all of the country’s governmental institutions
Singapore holds practically all of the country’s government institutions in its bosom. At the heart of the city lie public buildings for legal and parliamentary offices as well as many principal commercial buildings.
The best museums in Singapore add to the cultural and aesthetic landscape of Singapore. Also, pockets of multicultural melting pots and enclaves become colourful backdrops for things like Chinese New Year festivals and other celebrations.
There’s a lot to see, hear, taste, and do in this small island nation that is also a city. And everything can be reached with ease, thanks to its efficient transportation system and public infrastructure.
It’s the largest port in Southeast Asia
Singapore is considered one of the world’s biggest ports and is also the largest and busiest port in Southeast Asia. It covers 93 square kilometres of the port area and has six gateways to accommodate different types of seafaring vessels.
In particular, Keppel, one of Singapore’s main port gateways, has become an important dock for the transhipment of lumber, oil, and rubber.
The Port of Singapore also holds the distinction of being consistently ranked as the top maritime capital of the world since 2015.