Singapore plays host to one of the highest number of expatriates who increase in number every year due to; the good quality of the state’s education, the highly rated healthcare system, very low rates of crime and its strong economy.
Singapore is mainly made up of four ethnic groups namely Malay, Eurasian, Chinese and Indians who are the native ethnic communities. Below are some of the reasons that have led to Singapore being ranked as one of the best countries for expatriates to work and live in.
Singapore is blessed with a tropical climate that is enjoyed all year as it lies squarely on the line of equator. The temperatures are high all year round ranging from 20 to 35 degrees with May to July being the hottest season. The rainfall received is quite high especially during the monsoon rainy season that stretches from the end of October to December.
Singapore has created a good knowledge related economy that has attracted large investments from huge multinationals. Investors are attracted by the good infrastructure, the excellent policies on trade and the competitive environment for business development. Despite the limited land resource Singapore is known for its exports of chemicals and electronic devices which ensures that their port is kept busy at all times. Their latest investments in health have also turned Singapore into a bio medical destination not to mention their communication network which is known to meet international standards.
Singapore has made great strides in provision of basic services like clean water, reduction of traffic jams, supply of constant energy and a good planning of the urban centers. The game reserves and parks are well planned with conservation of its natural resources being of huge importance. It operates a state of the art MRT train system which is efficient and safe other than the buses and the widespread taxi services.
With the high number of expatriates that seek residence in Singapore, condos and bungalows are in high demand. Apart from condos high rise apartments build by the Housing Development Board, the board also provides different rooms with different number of rooms and sizes with different levels of furnishing. However, the choice for houses is mainly dependent on the amenities and facilities available, the budget, transport system available and the location of the house.
Singapore has experienced an increase in the middle class residents other than the high influx of expatriates. This has led to a sharp increase in their disposables incomes which is mainly spent on consumer products that move fast, automotives, furniture and other household goods. Malls and hyper markets are in plenty where all kinds of fast moving products can be found under one roof. Grocery stores and convenient stores can literary be found on every corner of the urban centers with fast food joints slowly gaining popularity.
Recreational facilities are not in short supply with the country boasting of numerous cultural centers, festivals of art other than the numerous cinemas where expatriates can catch up with the latest movies. Despite the fact that it is an island Singapore is quite safe having being spared of earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes and typhoons.