Moving to Singapore
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The country has an exemplary public transport system, excellent communications infrastructure, top class healthcare facilities and a multiethnic and cosmopolitan culture that promotes tolerance and a good standard of life for its citizens. It is also incredibly safe.
Prudent measures by the government have ensured a stable economy, and with big names in business and trade establishing regional headquarters in the city-state, qualified expats will find plenty of professional opportunities.
Singapore has become home to a large percentage of high-earning expats, many of whom confirm that they have access to much more disposable income than they did in their home country. That said, inflation continues to creep up, resulting in a higher cost of living than in many surrounding countries, and expats will need to make sure that they negotiate a salary that can cover the hefty housing prices.
Raising children here is also ideal for parents. Those relocating overseas with little ones can take comfort in the knowledge that the city is crime-free, clean and safe. Furthermore, a variety of international schools provide a high standard of education, with school fees usually financed by the employer.
Not to mention, even though nearly 50 percent of the city is occupied by dense high rises and soaring sky skyscrapers, expats will find that the government has balanced the concrete jungle with natural flora and fauna, beautiful botanical gardens, zoos, waterfalls and underwater parks.
The only real downside to living in Singapore is the government's control of information through restrictions on broadcast and print media. There is, however, always the option of keeping abreast with world news and events online and through foreign magazines and newspapers, but these are available at higher costs than local publications.