Moving to Singapore
Expats moving to Singapore will find themselves in a city that offers one of the finest lifestyles in the world. Situated at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, this city-state is a buzzing metropolis with a fascinating mix of nationalities and cultures. There are a large number of Western expats, and foreign domestic workers, who live alongside a local population of Chinese, Malay and Indian descent, making this one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Singapore is renowned for its efficiency and has exemplary public transport, communications infrastructure and healthcare facilities, and a local culture that promotes tolerance, harmony and obedience.
Prudent measures by the government have ensured a stable economy and some of the biggest names in business have established regional headquarters in the country, so qualified expats will find plenty of professional opportunities.
Singapore is home to a large percentage of high-earning expats, many of whom have much more disposable income than they did in their home country. That said, there is a high cost of living, and expats will need to make sure that they negotiate a salary that can cover the hefty housing prices.
With Singapore's tropical climate, it’s an ideal place to raise a family. Expats moving to Singapore with children can take comfort in the knowledge that the city is crime-free, clean and safe. Various international schools provide a high standard of education, and school fees are often subsidised by employers.
Even though almost half of the island is occupied by dense high rises, there is a surprising amount of natural flora and fauna, with beautiful botanical gardens, water parks, beaches and a zoo. With good flight connections it’s also a great base from which to explore the rest of Asia.
The only real downside to living in Singapore is the government's control of information through restrictions on broadcast and print media. Keeping abreast with world news and events online and through foreign magazines and newspapers is easy though, but these generally cost more than local publications.