We asked you five quick trivia questions about Singapore. Here are the answers:
- Singapore is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of what?
Johor. The Singapore Strait separates Singapore from the Indonesian island of Batam.
- Singapore was named after the Malay word for which animal?
Lion. Singapura is Malay for “Lion City”, ultimately from Sanskrit. However, lions probably never lived there – the animal seen by Singapore’s founder, Sang Nila Utama, was probably a tiger.
- In which year did Singapore officially gain sovereignty?
1965. It had already obtained self-government from Britain for all but foreign and defence matters in 1959, and joined Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah in forming the Federation of Malaysia in 1963 – but was expelled from the Federation on 9 August 1965, making it possibly unique among modern states in having become sovereign and independent against its wishes.
- What is the dominant religion of Singapore?
Buddhism – just over 40% of Singapore’s residents are Buddhist, with most of that 40% being Chinese Mahayana (“Great Vehicle”) Buddhists.
- In which year was the prestigious Raffles Hotel opened?
1887, by the Armenian Sarkies brothers who’d opened the Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang two years earlier.
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