While moving to this dynamic city-state is certainly exciting, expats are sure to have a few questions and queries about their new home. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Singapore.
What can I expect from Singaporean culture?
Is Singapore safe?
Safety in Singapore should not be 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. Nevertheless, expats should be careful and exercise the same safety 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.
Where can I meet fellow expats?
Is there a good standard of education in Singapore? Can expat children attend local schools?
The standard of education and schools in Singapore are very high and there are plenty of options available for newly arrived expats. Expats are eligible to send their children to public schools; however, the adjustment is often difficult for foreign children and teaching methods are very different to those used in Western countries. Most expats, therefore, opt to send their children to private or international schools in Singapore, of which there are many.
►See Pros and Cons of Moving to Singapore for a realistic idea of life as an expat in Singapore.
"Yes, through work and sports clubs it was very easy. I'd recommend expats thinking of a move to Singapore do the same, or join other organisations where they could meet likeminded people." Scott, a South African expat, tells us about how he managed to make friends and adjust to live in Singapore in his interview.
Are you an expat living in Singapore?
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