Pop Quiz: Singapore

Singapore is a small diamond-shaped island located in Southeast Asia. It is often referred to as the “Lion City” after a prince of the Srivijayan Empire spotted a Malayan Tiger on the island and mistakenly identified it as a lion. Since its independence from Malaysia in 1965, Singapore has experienced a large economic and technological boom. Today, it is referred to as one of Asia’s four economics tigers. Take our Singapore population quiz to learn more!

1. In 2016 Singapore’s population was 5.6 million. What is Singapore’s population projected to be in 2050?

A. 4.6 million
B. 5.6 million
C. 6.6 million
D. 7.6 million

2. Singapore was founded as a _______ trading colony in 1819.

A. British
B. Dutch
C. Indian
D. French

3. Singapore is one of three widely accepted city-states in the world.

A. True
B. False

4. Which ethnic group makes up the majority of Singapore’s people?

A. Chinese
B. Malay
C. Indian
D. British

5. Singapore has a highly developed and successful free-market economy and its per capita GDP is higher than that of most developed countries. Globally, Singapore ranks 7th in highest GDP per capita. What is the GDP per capita (in USD)?

A. $67,100
B. $77,100
C. $87,100
D. $97,100

6. Singapore is one of the top 10 countries in the world with the lowest total fertility rates. What is the TFR in Singapore?

A. 1
B. 1.1
C. 1.2
D. 1.3

7. Singapore is highly urbanized and densely-populated. What is the population density in Singapore?

A. 5,698 people per square kilometer
B. 7,909 people per square kilometer
C. 8,472 people per square kilometer
D. 10,589 people per square kilometer

8. Singapore is among the so-called ‘Asian tigers’ for being a country with a highly developed economy and the also among the first countries in the region to become industrialized. What are the other three Asian tigers?

A. Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Taiwan.
B. Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan.
C. Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan
D. Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.

9. Singapore has placed a lot of importance on greening the island, giving it another nickname. Which of the following is another common nickname for Singapore?

A. The Green City
B. The Garden City
C. The Park City
D. The Conservation City

10. Singapore’s port is one of the world’s busiest in terms of tonnage handled thanks to its strategic position on the strait between the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.

A. True
B. False

1. C – In 2050 Singapore’s population is projected to be 6.6 million.
2. A – Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819.
3. A – True. There is some debate over the status of being a city-state however, Singapore along with Monaco and the Vatican City are widely accepted as city-states.
4. A – 74.3% of the citizen population in Singapore belongs the Chinese ethnic group, followed by Malay 13.4%, Indian 9.1% (includes Sri Lankan), and other 3.2%.
5. C – The per capita GDP in Singapore is $87,100.
6. C – The total fertility rate in Singapore is 1.2. This means that, the average number of children a woman in Singapore will have in her childbearing years (15 to 49) is 1.2.
7. B – The population density, or the number of people per square kilometer of land area, in Singapore is 7,909.
8. D – The four countries considered Asian Tigers are Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. These four wealthy, developed countries underwent rapid industrialization, technological innovation and development during the 1950s – 1990s.
9. B – The Garden City is a nickname for Singapore due to the importance the country has put on greening the island.
10. A – True. Singapore has become one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links. Its port is one of the world’s busiest in terms of tonnage handled.