Known as a city-island-nation, Singapore is simultaneously a country, a city and an island – the only one of its kind in the world. Unsurprisingly, this has been known to cause some confusion amongst the uninitiated, with many asking if Singapore is a country, city or island.

Located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia, Singapore was formerly a Crown colony of the British Empire. After the colony was dissolved in 1963, Malaysia was formed, comprising of the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (now Sabah) and Sarawak, effectively ending 144 years of British rule on the island. However, less than two years later on 9 August 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia amid mounting political, economic and racial tension. Later that same year, the United Nations officially recognised Singapore as its own fully independent sovereignty, effectively turning Singapore into a city-state. 

Singapore Insider Guides

A Neighbourhood Guide to Haji Lane, Singapore

Our guide to Haji Lane celebrates how Singapore’s quirky, hipster-famous neighbourhood lives up to its hype with an array of diverse eateries, original boutiques and fun bars.

Haji Lane

A Neighbourhood Guide to Clarke Quay, Singapore

Tucked away from the hubbub of everyday life, Clarke Quay is a welcome escape, bursting at the edges with vibrancy and light. Our guide to Clarke Quay covers everything from cutesy coffee shops to authentic Korean cuisine.

A Neighbourhood Guide to Lavender, Singapore

A quieter neighbourhood, Lavender will still spoil you for choice when it comes to breakfast and lunch spots in the neighbourhood. Read on to discover cosy coffee shops, mouth-watering BBQ smokehouses, and even art jam studios.