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Country overview
Living in Singapore
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Country
overview

Singapore is a tropical island nation in Southeast Asia, nestled between Malaysia and Indonesia. With Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam also within easy reach, Singapore is right in the middle of the action in Asia’s hottest region.

Everyday life
in Singapore

Living in Singapore is the experience of a lifetime. Safe and efficient but still infinitely exciting—this well-run city will take good care of you and your family.

Enjoying
Singapore

It’s no secret that Singapore is the perfect place for anyone looking to—literally and metaphorically—spice up their lives. Dazzling, electrifying, bursting with culture and flavor, this city is guaranteed to blow you away.

Is Singapore a country?

Yes. The smallest one in continental Asia, in fact. The Republic of Singapore is a sovereign city-state—a country made up of just one city consisting of a main island and 62 smaller islets. Because of the way it’s often depicted on maps due to its size, Singapore is sometimes called the Little Red Dot. For its small size, Singapore—the Little Red Dot at the heart of Southeast Asia—has an impressive sphere of influence. Widely considered a safe and efficient gateway to the Asian market, Singapore has rapidly grown into a global hub that attracts some of the world’s largest companies with its convenient location, excellent infrastructure, and a uniquely business-friendly environment.

Facts and figures

Official languages:
English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil

Total area:
721.5 km2 (278.6 sq mi)

Population:
5.64 million

GDP per capita:
US$98,014 (PPP; 3rd-highest in the world)

Currency:
Singapore dollar (SGD)

Climate and weather

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate, which means the weather is hot and humid all year round. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 35 °C (72 to 95 °F). On average, there are 166 rainy days a year. Most of the rain in Singapore is heavy and accompanied by thunder. The rainiest season in Singapore is from November to January, so bring your umbrella.


Singapore lies just one degree north of the equator The lowest temperature ever recorded in Singapore is 19.4°C (66.9°F). Brr!

History & culture

Singapore’s written history dates as far back as the third century. Archaeological digs have shown that there was an important trade settlement on the island in the 14th century, long before European colonizers ever arrived.

Once European colonial powers expanded into the Malay Archipelago, modern Singapore was born in 1819 as a trading post of the British East India Company. It became a sovereign nation in 1965 and has since flourished into a leading global hub of innovation, technology, education, and tourism, among many other things.

Culture and language

Multiculturalism and diversity are woven into the very fabric of life in Singapore. East meets West here like nowhere else in the world. Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences have come together to create a unique cultural landscape where people from all religions and backgrounds respect each other’s differences and celebrate their similarities.

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Fun fact: Singapore is the most religiously diverse country in the world.

A third of the population speaks English as their first language, and it is the main language of business, government, and schooling. Most of the country is bilingual.

Colloquial Singaporean English—Singlish—is based on British English and incorporates elements of Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil, the other three official languages of the country.

If you want to move to Singapore you should familiarize yourself with some key Singlish expressions, including:

Lah - A suffix used to place emphasis on the sentence or word before.
Example: “Let’s go get food, lah!”

Kaypoh - To act like a busybody or be nosey.
Example: “You’re always watching me swipe on Tinder. Can you stop being a kaypoh?”

Tapao - Singapore’s word for takeaway.
Example: “I’m going to the hawker center for tapao.”

Demographics

Nearly 23% of Singaporean citizens and permanent residents are foreign-born. With non-residents included, that number rises to 43%.

About 74.1% of residents are of Chinese descent. 13.4% are of Malay, and 9.2% of Indian descent.

Safety and environment

A 2017 report named Singapore the second-safest city in the world. Crime rates are low, to the point where some shops don’t even have doors to shut at closing time. (You should, of course, still be careful with your personal belongings.)

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Although large earthquakes in the area can affect Singapore, the Indonesian archipelago acts as a barrier to keep the city relatively safe from tsunamis.

Singapore has some of the cleanest air in Asia. To combat the decline of its natural forestation, Singapore set aside 10% of its land for nature reserves and parks. The country also aims to make 80% of its buildings Green Certified by 2030. These green initiatives have given the city one of its more famous nicknames: the Garden City.

Work passes & permits

You need a work pass (often referred to as a work visa) to work in Singapore as an expat. There are different types of passes that you may be eligible for, depending on your qualifications.

Your new employer will apply for the pass on your behalf.

Living in Singapore

Living in Singapore is the experience of a lifetime. Safe and efficient but still infinitely exciting—this well-run city will take good care…

Enjoying Singapore

It’s no secret that Singapore is the perfect place for anyone looking to—literally and metaphorically—spice up their lives…

Who stands out on Singapore’s thriving tech scene? Learn more about the top players that make the city a leading global hub.

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Global experts

Singapore as a global tech hub

Singapore’s reputation as a launchpad for global innovation is evidenced by the leading global companies and universities based in the country.

Singapore as a startup hub

The startup scene in Singapore has expanded explosively over the years, and the city has been rising through the ranks to become one of the top startup ecosystems in the world.

Global experts in Singapore

For the third year running, HSBC’s 2017 Expat Explorer Survey ranked Singapore the best expat destination. The city-state consistently wows people with its booming economy, personal safety, earning potential, career opportunities, and overall quality of life.

Economic climate and competitive advantages

The latest World Economic Forum report ranked Singapore 3rd among the world’s most competitive economies. Singapore consistently performs excellently across the board, particularly in domains such as higher education and training, goods market efficiency, public sector performance, labor market efficiency, and financial market development.

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As of 2018, Singapore has the second-highest economic freedom score in the world. The city-state’s open and corruption-free business environment, monetary and fiscal policies, and transparent legal framework all contribute to the success of an outstanding free-market economy.

Business environment

What makes Singapore’s innovation ecosystem a magnet for global businesses? In short:

  • A dynamic, growing startup scene;
  • A developed infrastructure;
  • A highly skilled workforce;
  • Stable governmental and political system
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By keeping taxes and tax laws competitive, and capping office rental rates, the government has created powerful incentives for businesses to invest in Singapore. And the world is taking notice—Singapore’s famously pro-business environment ensures that the country consistently ranks as one of the top countries for ease of doing business.

These clear efforts to reduce red tape have helped create Asia’s top innovation hub—the Global Innovation Index 2018 placed Singapore 5th in the world and 1st in Asia for overall innovation performance.

Supported by a clear digital strategy designed to drive innovation, Singapore’s unique appeal extends far beyond a simple geographical proximity to large Asian markets—this trailblazing nation is shaping the digital landscape of the entire region.

A gateway

For its small size of 721.5 km², Singapore—the Little Red Dot at the heart of Southeast Asia—has an impressive sphere of influence.

Career opportunities

With a vibrant tech scene and attractive career growth prospects, Singapore continues to seize new growth opportunities, serving as a hub for tech experts to set up base alongside giants like Facebook, Alibaba, and Amazon.

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The rapid pace of industry transformation calls for more tech expertise to drive business growth across all sectors. Particularly in emerging areas like AI, data analytics, cybersecurity, immersive media, and Internet of Things, there is a global lack of deep tech skills. While Singapore builds up a local pool of highly skilled talent, the country is also a top destination for global tech specialists in the tech industry.

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Digital innovations

In its 2016 report, the World Economic Forum named Singapore the country best-prepared for the new digital economy. The government’s commitment to the digital agenda is a major factor in this—according to the same report, Singapore also boasts the most tech-savvy government in the world. Citizens and expats alike are served by innovative services and programmes purpose-built to make lives easier.

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Innovation labs

Singapore’s position as Asia’s most innovative country is bolstered, among other things, by the number of innovation labs that exist in the city to facilitate conversations between banks, insurance and tech companies, and universities. The top players include Paypal Innovation Lab, Mastercard Innovation Showcase, Citi Innovation Lab, KPMG Digital Village, Expedia Innovation Lab, Microsoft Technology Centre, and others.

Artificial Intelligence

Singapore was one of the first countries to announce a national strategy, called A.I. Singapore, in May 2017. The initiative brings the government, research institutions and companies together to collaborate on research and speed up local adoption of A.I., with $109 million to spend over five years. Singapore also has a head start in autonomous vehicles: It had the first self-driving taxis for use by the public and built a mini-town for further testing.

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Cybersecurity

As one of the most digitally connected countries in the world, Singapore keeps its doors open to new technologies and know-how. As technologies evolve, new vulnerabilities also emerge.

The global cybersecurity market is estimated to grow by nearly 15% annually to over US$1 trillion by 2021. In Singapore, the projected growth is over US$678 million by 2020. In this rapidly growing industry, career growth opportunities for skilled specialists are abundant.

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Rankings

How Singapore compares to the rest of the world:

  • Rated first in the world on its Network Readiness Index by the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Information Technology Report.
  • Voted as having the world’s best infrastructure in a 2013 survey by Mercer for the Wall Street Journal, surveying 221 cities and using factors such as traffic congestion, availability of flights from local airports, quality of public transportation and availability of water.
  • Singapore has built a strong business environment, as reflected in its consistent topping of the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings for 10 years in a row.
  • Singapore has ranked second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index for six years.
  • According to Akamai’s State of the Internet Report, the nation continues to come in first for fastest connection speed
  • According to Startup Genome’s Global Ecosystem Ranking Report 2017, Singapore has overtaken Silicon Valley as the top place for start-up talent.
  • Regularly ranked as one of the easiest countries in the world in which to do business.
  • Ranked number one for innovation among Asian nations, according to the annual Global Innovation Index 2017.
  • Currently rated the best place in Asia in the area of IP rights protection in the Global Competitiveness Report 2015–2016.

Singapore as a startup hub

The startup scene in Singapore has expanded explosively over the years, and the city has been rising through the ranks…

Global experts in Singapore

For the third year running, HSBC’s 2017 Expat Explorer Survey ranked Singapore the best expat destination. The city-st…