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Relocating to Singapore

A small island nation north of the equator, Singapore is located in Southeast Asia and is the world’s only island city-state — being both the country and its capital. Thanks to its tropical climate, Singapore is known as ‘the garden city’ with an abundance of green spaces and nature reserves, and it is home to the world’s largest port. Consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, along with New Zealand, Switzerland and those in Scandinavia, Singapore welcomes global citizens to make the country their home. Its population is about 5.6 million, with citizens accounting for just 61% of this total (2017.) Culturally and religiously diverse, this multi-ethnic society is one where Chinese, Malay, and Indian traditions coexist. 

There are many things that the potential newcomer needs to think about before planning to move. Health care is a particular consideration when venturing from your home nation, as are concerns about job markets, housing, climate, and cultural differences.

The people, culture and climate

One of the twenty smallest countries in the world, with a land area of just 719.1 km, Singapore consists of one main island and 63 other tiny (mostly uninhabited) islands.

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Health and health care in Singapore

Singapore has a highly-rated health care system, generally considered one of the best in the world.

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Recommended vaccinations before you go

While there are no mandatory vaccinations required to enter Singapore, all travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations recommended in their country of origin.

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Top money-saving tips

From loyalty cards to free cultural attractions, rewards cards to transaction-free banking, you can find little ways to make big savings while you’re living in the world’s most expensive city.

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Buying and renting property

Many expats seeking accommodation in Singapore are just passing through: brought there by their company and likely to move on to a new role somewhere else in a matter of years or months.

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Understanding the cost of living

Singapore was ranked as the world's most expensive city for its second consecutive year in 2016.

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Finding somewhere to settle down

Clean, well-connected, well run and safe, Singapore is such a beautiful and organised city-state, the newcomer may have difficulty deciding where to live, but for all the right reasons.

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Building business relationships

English is the official working language of Singapore, along with the official dialects of Chinese, so being bilingual can be an advantage, along with learning some key phrases.

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Working life

Diversity and unity are prominent features of a Singaporean workforce, together with a common working language and an environment that rewards people on merit.

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Finding work in a new city

With over 7,000 multinational companies and over 110,000 expatriates operating in the country, foreigners living, working, and starting entrepreneurial businesses all form part of its vibrant working landscape.

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