So you are moving to Singapore
Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:
- Singapore is an increasingly popular destination for professional expats. There are nearly 50,000 British expats and an estimated 26,000 Americans.
- Singapore has a tropical climate, making it warm and humid. It rains throughout te year but fairly persistently during the monsoon season (November to January)
- All visitors to Singapore must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from their time of arrival. Visitors from some countries will be required to also have a visa. Singapore places great emphasis on the personal appearance and behaviour of people who visit and stay in its country. Men with long hair that touches their eyebrows or shoulders may be detained on suspicion, and possibly refused entry.
- Thanks in part to its colonial past, but more directly and recently due to its great economic success, Singapore has been home to expatriates from all over the world for a long time. - See more at:
- Reflecting its multi-cultural background there are many languages spoken in Singapore. Its official languages are English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil.
- Since 2009 the Singapore government has brought in a number of measures to curb house price inflation. This has been much more successful than efforts made in other countries with house prices expected to fall by 8% this year. However these policies are discouraging investment and some commentators predict house price rises in the future as demand starts to outstrip supply. Singapore also remains one of the most expensive places in the world to buy property despite recent falls.
- With a population of 4.6 million; The Republic of Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia at the southern tip of Malaysia. The country consists of Singapore Island and 57 offshore islets.
- Singapore’s currency is the Singapore dollar, S$.
- Singapore has a GDP of $304.1bn. It has become a prosperous regional centre of finance, trade, and high-tech manufacturing.
- While Singapore has over twenty registered political parties, the government has been controlled by the dominant People's Action Party (PAP) since independence in 1965. The government is essentially a one-party entity with little or no dissent or effective opposition. Singapore's central government dominates all aspects of its citizens' lives. For example, it is against the law to chew gum in public, and you can be fined for carrying gum in your pocket.