The Republic of Singapore is the only city-state in the world that is also an island!
The Republic of Singapore is actually made up of 63 islands, including the main island which is widely known as Singapore Island but is also called Pulau Ujong.
Singapore is a young and very culturally diverse country with people of Chinese, Malay and Indian descent forming the majority of the population. There are four official languages to reflect this: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. English is the common language of the nation and all children are taught in English, as well as in their Mother Tongue language.
The world's first safari park for nocturnal animals opened in Singapore in 1994. You can see over 2,500 animals in their naturalistic nighttime habitats. Jurong Bird Park has the world's tallest man-made waterfall in an aviary, standing at 30 metres high.
Singapore has taken part in every Commonwealth Games since their debut in 1950 with Delhi in 2010 being their most impressive appearance in terms of medals – 10 Gold, 12 Silver and eight Bronze. Singapore also hosted the first Summer Youth Olympics in 2010.
Singapore began hosting a round of the Formula One World Championship, the Singapore Grand Prix, in 2008. It takes place on the Marina Bay Street Circuit and was the very first night race in Formula One history and was also on the first street circuit in Asia.