Frequently Asked Questions about Singapore
Singapore is a multicultural society comprised of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicities. It is important to learn more about the specific traditions associated with each culture, particularly in a society in which religious tolerance is essential. Throughout the year, all the major religions find their expression in the celebration of major festivals. Thanks to Singapore's modern infrastructure, Western expats don't experience too much culture shock.
Is Singapore safe?Safety in Singapore is not a major concern for expats. Crime is low and Singaporean laws are strict and well enforced. Most of the crime that occurs in Singapore is opportunistic. Nonetheless, expats should be careful and exercise the precautions they would elsewhere.
What languages are spoken?
There are four official languages: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English. English is the most common language, and is the medium of instruction in school and the common language of business. Most Singaporeans, however, use Singlish to communicate with one another. Singlish is a mix of English and other languages, and has evolved over the years as a direct result of the crossover of cultures in this vibrant city.
What food can I expect to eat in Singapore?
One of the greatest benefits of having such a multicultural mix is the diversity of food that comes with such an eclectic population. For Singaporeans, food is passion. Anything from Satays to noodles and sweet treats can be enjoyed in the variety of Hawker Centres and Food Courts, with satisfying plates of food costing as little as 3 SGD or 10 SGD including a beverage. Designer coffee shops such as Starbucks are plentiful, as are Western-style restaurants.
Where can I meet fellow expats?
There is little reason to feel too homesick in this cosmopolitan city, as there are many expatriate clubs and associations catering to Singapore’s large expatriate network. Many of these venues offer recreational facilities and celebrate the traditions from back home. The many associations in Singapore cater for its French, American, Australian, New Zealand, British, Canadian, Dutch, Korean, Spanish, German and Japanese communities. The outdoor lifestyle in Singapore is also conducive to meeting new people and there are plenty of activities to keep busy with.