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Singapore is widely referred to as The Little Red Dot because of its incredibly small size. The country is marked by a red dot on most global maps because it is simply too small to feature as an illustrated region. This tiny island began its existence as an independent country in 1965, and back then it didn’t seem destined to mark its presence in the world. The employment rates were at an all-time low, the currency didn’t hold much value and there were almost no natural resources. Fast forward to today: Singapore is one of the most prosperous, thriving countries in the world. It has become a financial giant, an ecological warrior and an innovation powerhouse.
Compare New York with London. The architecture of a city defines its atmosphere and reflects its character. This is no different with Singapore. Take a trip to Marina Bay: The Marina Bay Sands hotel, for example, is inspired by a deck of cards: three card-like towers uphold a rooftop garden which holds resemblance to a giant boat. The Esplanade, Singapore’s main theatre and arts venue are designed in the shape of a giant Durian fruit.
Undoubtedly, the extraordinary advancement of Singapore has ultimately relied on investment in its people. In the words of Lee Kuan Yew, “A nation is great not by its size alone. It is the will, the cohesion, the stamina, the discipline of its people… which ensure it an honourable place in history.”
This ethos is seen in many of the country’s policies, including its work schemes where internships and investment in global workplaces are encouraged across all sectors. It is these kinds of initiatives that help to better the development of Singapore. The whole ethos of the country relies on an emphasis that its people should act together for the nation. Nowhere is this greater seen than its diversity law which states that no majority of any ethnic group is allowed to dominate any given area. The country is structured to act as one.
The advancement of Singapore has seen its transition from a third world country to an innovative first world country in one generation. This progression is reflected across the nation; in its wonderfully unique architecture, in its stable, first-rate economy and through the togetherness of its people.
Put simply: Singapore may be a tiny island, but it’s definitely got the world’s attention.
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