Singapore retains much of its British colonial feel whilst at the same time offering an independent, well-developed and cutting-edge environment. Its position on the southern tip of Malaysia, has allowed it to develop into one of the most vibrant and important trade and financial centres in Asia, and is the fifth wealthiest country in the world according to GDP. It also has the fourth largest foreign exchange trading centre in the world.
Singapore has long been a popular destination for expats, with many finding employment within the thriving financial centre. Widely regarded as the easiest city in Asia for expats to live in, Singapore allows foreigners an opportunity to become acquainted with different cultures in a relatively safe and modern environment.
Rated as one of the most expensive cities to live in the standard of living available in this city is notoriously high, but benefits from an outstanding education and healthcare facilities that are second to none. Singapore is one of the world’s safest cities with a very low crime rate.
The social scene in Singapore can be very expensive, with alcohol taxed and a very high rate and car ownership can be problematical due to the high rate of tax imposed on vehicles. However, food and groceries are reasonably priced, and expats who are prepared to dine at street stalls and shopping mall food courts will find that they can dine out very cheaply.
English is the most common language in Singapore and is the language of business and trade. Children will generally be taught in English in schools but will also be expected to learn Mandarin as well.
Lying almost on the equator Singapore enjoys a humid tropical climate with high humidity and large rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 22 °C-34 °C (72°-93 °F). Humidity increases with rainfall, often reaching 100%. Its hottest months are June and July, while its monsoon season is in November and December.
Lastly, remember that home is what you make of it and if you need assistance organising your relocation then give the team at Pollards a call. We specialise in taking the headache out of the moving process, so you can focus on more important things, like getting acclimatised to your amazing new city.
Singapore Embassy U.K.
9 Wilton Cres
British High Commission Singapore
100 Tanglin Road