Singapore: A template for the perfect island

Like the Vatican in Europe, the city of Singapore is an autonomous state, independent since 1965. How has this third world country successfully risen through the ranks to become one of the most developed nations in terms of economy and health, without the additional advantage of natural resources, and battling instead with low levels of literacy and warfaring neighbours? The response lies in the sea and its exceptional location at the crossroads of the Pacific and Europe, and in its economy freedom.

A simple little fishing village has therefore been transformed, in 200 years, into one of the most important ports in the world, second only to Shanghai. A freight boat enters Singapore harbour every 3 minutes. In 2011, Singapore was the 3rd richest country by inhabitant, accumulating great wealth and hot on the heels of Qatar and Luxembourg, hence its popular nickname as the “Switzerland of Asia.”

To learn more, check out the National Museum on arriving in Singapore, located in the centre of town in a magnificent period building. The museum retraces the history of the island’s success and all those that have played a part, and boasts a wealth of temporary and permanent exhibitions.

Journey of discovery | Published on: 11 December 2012
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