Right from the time Changi Airport welcomes you to the leading South Asian global-city-state of Singapore, you know you’re in an enchanting place where all you need to do is to sit back and watch the city entice you. To start with, the city is 5 things at the same time: An island (consisting of 63 islands), a port, a city, a state and a nation too.
You’d be surprised to know that there are no traffic policemen, no beggars, no vendors, no posters and no garbage (owing to the under walkway drainage) in the Republic of Singapore (as Singapore is officially called).
You’d notice that most Singaporean residents travel by foot, on bicycles, in buses, taxis or trains (MRT or LRT). There is hardly any pollution in the Lion city (as Singapore is sometimes referred to as) because of the use of premium petrol and because all the cooking smoke goes down the road and not up in the sky.
To control the use of personal transport (to avoid congestion and pollution) the car buyers have to pay for duties one-and-a-half times the vehicle’s market value and have to bid for a Singaporean Certificate of Entitlement (COE), which allows the car to run on the road for a decade.
Singapore has one of the lowest rates of drug use in the world and ranks 9th globally, on the Human Development Index, including education (mostly supported by the state), healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety, housing.
A huge part of the economy is derived from tourists, manufacturing businesses and banking.