Moving to Singapore
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The country has exemplary public transport, communications infrastructure and healthcare facilities, and a local culture that promotes tolerance and harmony.
Prudent measures by the government have ensured a stable economy and some of the biggest names in business have established regional headquarters in the city state, so qualified expats will find plenty of professional opportunities.
Singapore is home to a large percentage of high-earning expats, many of whom have much more disposable income than they did in their home country. That said, inflation continues to creep up, increasing an already high cost of living, and expats will need to make sure that they negotiate a salary that can cover the hefty housing prices.
It's also an ideal place to raise a family. Expats moving to Singapore with children can take comfort in the knowledge that the city is crime-free, clean and safe. Various international schools provide a high standard of education, and school fees are often subsidised by employers.
Not to mention, even though almost half of the city is occupied by dense high rises, the government has balanced the concrete jungle with natural flora and fauna, beautiful botanical gardens, water parks and a zoo.
The only real downside to living in Singapore is the government's control of information through restrictions on broadcast and print media. Keeping abreast with world news and events online and through foreign magazines and newspapers is easy though, but these generally cost more than local publications.