The Economist Intelligence Unit, an organization that does analysis and comparisons amongst countries, has rated Singapore as the world’s most expensive city to live in, out of 133 cities. Singapore was ranked as the most expensive last year as well. Singapore is a tiny city-state, where the city and the territory around it are the whole country. It is made up of one main island and about 60 other islands. Owning cars is very expensive. Even clothes cost a lot of money. The second and third most expensive cities are Paris (capital of France) and Oslo (capital of Norway). The least expensive are Karachi (Pakistan) and Bengaluru (India).
Singapore is just above the equator, so the number of daylight hours stays about the same the whole year round (approximately 12 hours). The weather is hot and humid. Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English are all official languages. It is the second most densely populated country in the world (after Monaco) with over 7,000 people living per square kilometer (19,000 people per square mile).
Singapore is a hi-tech and wealthy nation. Years ago, many people thought that Singapore, with its lack of natural resources, would have a hard time surviving as an independent country. However, the government of Singapore recognized that its citizens were its true resource. It invested in the education of its people, while transforming the country into a big transportation and manufacturing hub. Singapore has continued to reinvent itself successfully. The country is also extremely clean. Littering, chewing gum, vandalism, and spitting are considered offenses. Caning is an official way of punishing some crimes. Singapore was a British colony until 1963. It joined Malaysia for two years, and separated to become an independent country in 1965. The Marina Bay Sands, a resort in Singapore, is ranked amongst the most expensive buildings in the world. Here is a video about it.
Image Credits: Someformofhuman for Marina Bay Sands, Singapore image
Sources: http://www.eiu.com/, http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/, CIA World Factbook, http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/, http://www.architecturendesign.net/