Beyond Singapore's economic and financial prowess, there is more to its cosmopolitan society than meets the eye!
The city and its people
Singapore prides itself on being a multi-racial and multi-religious society. While it is predominantly home to people of Chinese, Malay and Indian heritage, its population is a diverse melting-pot of nationalities who seek work opportunities in its open economy. Racial harmony is deeply treasured and celebrated as a pivotal building block in the nation’s success.
Human capital is Singapore’s most valuable resource. To maintain its competitive edge, the nation cultivates a highly skilled workforce. Approximately a third of Singapore’s workforce hold a degree while 15% possess a diploma or professional certification.
Besides being a popular source of talent, Singapore’s strategic location is often greatly praised. It is of close proximity to many neighbouring countries: it is possible to travel easily to Malaysia by car and plane, to Indonesia by ferry and plane as well as to the popular tourist destinations of Thailand and Vietnam by plane. Coupled with its extensive infrastructure, Singapore is lauded as a top-notch host country for world-class MICE events.
- Singapore is one of the four "Asian Tigers", alongside Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. These countries are lauded for their rapid industrialisation and high-income economies.
- The word "Singapore" was derived from "Singapura", which means "lion city" in Sanskrit.
- The hybrid orchid Vanda Miss Joaquim is Singapore’s national flower. It signifies the country's uniqueness and dynamic culture.
- The 64 islands that surround Singapore also belongs to the city-state. They include the tourist destination of Sentosa Island and the nature haven of Pulau Ubin.
- Singapore spearheaded the first Formula 1 night race.
- You will not find anyone selling nor chewing gum in Singapore. In its quest to become a clean and green nation, Singapore banned the sale of chewing gum in 1992.
Work in a haven of food and fun
Strike the perfect balance between work and play through Singapore’s iconic local delights and majestic tourist attractions!
Chilli crab, a local dish of stir-fried crab in a tangy tomato, spicy chili and egg sauce, is a must-try. Hawkers have even engaged in a cook-off with renowned chef Gordon Ramsay and emerged victorious with their chicken rice (poached chicken with fragrant rice) and laksa (thick rice noodles with seafood in spicy coconut soup).
Singapore’s stunning tourist destinations will leave you in awe, with the following attractions its crème de la crème:
- Gardens by the Bay, whose Flower Dome is the world's largest glass greenhouse
- Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Night Safari, the world's first nocturnal wildlife park
- Jurong Bird Park, containing the world's first man-made waterfall
- Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa, the first and only Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia
- SEA Aquarium, the world's second-largest aquarium
- Singapore Flyer, the world's third-largest Ferris wheel
Join us at VP Bank Ltd Singapore Branch, where endless possibilities await you at the heart of a thriving and lively country!