Are you moving to Singapore? Here are a few things you should know about the city before moving!
About the Country
Singapore is a city-state located in the south of Malaysia. It is an Island located between Malaysia and Indonesia. With a population of 5.6 million people, it is one of the cleanest cities in the world. Singapore is a multicultural city with people from all over the world. Therefore you will find many languages being spoken in the city which include English, Tamil, Malay and Chinese.
Singapore has grown from a trading hub in the 60’s to a financial hub of Asia in the 21st century. Because of introduction of foreign investment, Singapore became a city with an efficient infrastructure and a competitive workforce. This driving force has made Singapore into a major attraction for expats.
In Singapore you will find a mix of European, Malay, Chinese and Indian influences largely due to the immigrant population. You will also notice that people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds live side by side. Although Singapore does not have a unique cultural identity, the people think of their own respective cultures as a part of a larger picture.
Apart from this, the weather in Singapore is tropical with the same temperatures throughout the year. The weather is humid with high rainfall.
One of the reasons why expats choose to live in Singapore is because of the living standard the city offers. Apart from good standard of education and healthcare, the city is known for its clean living. IN addition to this, Singapore also has a very low crime rate. Thus Singapore is a perfect place for expats who are looking for an Asian cultural experience that is modern.
However on the flip side, Singapore provides a high standard of living which is expensive. Job market in Singapore is competitive because of the high standard of education of the locals.
Major airports and seaports
The Port of Singapore has two main operators, PSA Corporation Limited and Jurong Port. Apart from seaports, there are three airports in Singapore which include Changi Airport, Paya Lebar Airport and Seletar Airport. Changi Airport is one of the busiest airports in the region because of the heavy traffic. This make shipping to Singapore very easy.
Singapore is strict in its import laws as compared to other countries. The country has banned the use of left hand vehicles which is not allowed in the country. In addition to this, certain breeds of animals are restricted from entering the country. These laws among others are important for expats to know before they move.
Why Universal Relocations?
Universal Relocations provides its customers with moving facilities. Our staff is dedicated and works round the clock to provide you with a stress-free and hassle-free move. When moving overseas, there are many customs and regulations imposed by countries. To avoid all this confusion, we provide guidelines and help in easing the process for you.
USEFUL FACTS FOR MOVING TO SINGAPORE
Its population of 5612 million makes Singapore a small – but prosperous island nation, both a city and country, located just off the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia in Southeast Asia. Singapore’s economy has been ranked the most opened in the world, 7th least corrupt, most pro- business, with low taxes 14.2 % GDP and has the third highest per- capita GDP in the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity. The majority of Singaporeans are bilingual in English and Mandarin. All Singaporeans study English as their first language in schools, under the compulsory local education system, and their mother-tongue language as their second language. Thus, most Singaporeans are effectively bilingual, especially the youths in today’s society. There are four main languages in usage in Singapore. The ‘national’ language of Singapore is Bahasa Melayu. This is in recognition of the Malay people as the indigenous community in Singapore. 85% of Singaporeans do not speak Malay. Malay is used in the national anthem, national motto and military parade drill commands. Tamil is an official language as a majority of South Asians in Singapore are ethnic Tamils from India and Sri Lanka. While most Chinese Singaporeans are descendants of southern Chinese migrants who spoke a variety of regional languages, it is the northern Chinese language of Mandarin that is official in Singapore, though dialects such as Hokkien and Cantonese are still prevalent in the older generation of Chinese. The culture of Singapore is a combination of Asian and European cultures. Influenced by Malay, South Asian, East Asian, and Eurasian cultures, Singapore has been dubbed as a country where “East meets West”, “Easy Asia” and “Garden city”.
Changi Airport is the major civilian airport for Singapore, and one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. It is currently rated the World’s Best Airport by Skytrax, for the sixth consecutive year since 2013 and is one of the world’s busiest airports by international passenger and cargo traffic. The airport is located in Changi, at the eastern end of Singapore, approximately 20 kilometres northeast from Marina Bay (Singapore’s Downtown Core), on a 13-square-kilometre (5.0 sq mi) site. It is operated by Changi Airport Group and it is the home base of Singapore Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, SilkAir, Scoot, Jetstar Asia Airways and BOC Aviation.
The Port of Singapore refers to the collective facilities and terminals that conduct maritime trade, and which handle Singapore‘s harbors and shipping. It is ranked as the top maritime capital of the world, since 2015.Currently the world’s second-busiest port in terms of total shipping tonnage, it also trans-ships a fifth of the world’s shipping containers, half of the world’s annual supply of crude oil, and is the world’s busiest transshipment port. It was also the busiest port in terms of total cargo tonnage handled until 2005, when it was surpassed by the Port of Shanghai. Thousands of ships drop anchor in the harbors, connecting the port to over 600 other ports in 123 countries and spread over six continents.
The Port of Singapore is not a mere economic boon, but an economic necessity because Singapore is lacking in land and natural resources. The Port is critical for importing natural resources, and then later re-exporting products after they have been refined and shaped in some manner, for example wafer fabrication or oil refining to generate revenue. The service industries such as hospitality services typical of a port of call restock the food and water supplies on ships. Ships pass between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean through the Singapore Strait. The Straits of Johor on the country’s north are impassable for ships due to the Johor-Singapore Causeway, built in 1923, which links the town of Woodlands, Singapore to the city of Johor Bahru in Malaysia.
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