Many parts of Asia are polluted, poor and crowded, but Singapore is one of the wealthier countries in the region. Singapore is a small island country, situated south of Malaysia. Like other countries in this region, it has a tropical climate – dry and hot for part of the rain, warm and rainy for the rest of the year. The island has coastal plains and flat grasslands. Nature reserves protect monkeys, birds and other native animals.
The first settlers arrived in Singapore in the second century A.D. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles of the British East India Trading Company bought the island in 1819 and turned it into an important trading port. Singapore has remained an important economic base in Southeast Asia, exporting electronics, computers and other goods. Singapore separated from Great Britain in 1963 and became an independent country in 1965.
Singapore has modern cities, reliable train transportation and clean water and food. Most people have running water and electricity. If you’re visiting Southeast Asia, Singapore is a good first stop.
Fun Facts about Singapore for Kids
- 4,296,000 people live in Singapore.
- The country is little more than a large city with only 255 square miles.
- People in Singapore speak Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English.
- Most people are Buddhist, followed by Muslim, Taoist and Christian.
- People in Singapore can expect to live 79 years.
- 93 percent of adults can read.
- Polluted: dirty, contaminated
- Coastal: near the sea
- Settler: someone coming to settle a new area
- Reliable: dependable, predictable
All About Singapore Video for Kids
This is the best video we found for kids to learn about Singapore:
This is a video documentary of the culture of Singapore.
Question: What is life like in Singapore?
Answer: For hundreds of years, people have immigrated to Singapore from other countries, including China and India. Because of this, Singapore has a rich, diverse culture. Most people speak at least two languages.
Map of Singapore
Here’s a map of the country of Singapore and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Singapore! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Singapore, as though you are actually there!