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Living in Singapore

Though physically quite small, Singapore is an economic giant, and has been Southeast Asia's most modern city for over a century. The city blends Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions. This unique ethnic "recipe" affords a wide array of cultural and culinary opportunities from which to choose.

Singapore offers delectable cuisine and great shopping! The country includes the island of Singapore and 58 or so smaller islands. Because of its efficient and determined government, Singapore has become a flourishing country that excels in trade and tourism and is a model to developing nations. The capital city, also called Singapore, covers about a third of the area of the main island.

Singapore's tropical climate welcomes both leisure and business travelers year round. The island republic's excellent infrastructure enables residents to enjoy everything it has to offer in a safe, clean and green environment. Award winning Changi Airport provides airlinks to practically every destination around the world. The train and subway systems are clean, fast and efficient.

In the city, there is no need for a car as public transportation is excellent, and walking is a good way to explore the city. Since the city is only 60 miles (100k) from the equator, the tropical temperatures do not vary much and rainfall is fairly evenly distributed through the year.

Singapore's progress over the past three decades has been remarkable, yet the island has not been overwhelmed by development. Modern skyscrapers mix comfortably with much older buildings.

Today Singapore boasts the world's second busiest port after Rotterdam, minimal unemployment, and a super-efficient infrastructure. Almost the entire population lives in upscale new apartments. Singapore is a clean, safe place to visit and live, its amenities are second to none and its public places are smoke-free and hygienic.

Singapore is both an island and a country, but perhaps its best description is that of city-state. Like the great city-states of the past, it offers civilization and order in the highest degree. Its combination of Western-style development and Eastern-style calm seems to present the best of both hemispheres: It's a modern metropolis where you feel safe walking the streets, and it's an Asian business centre that's a model of efficiency. Singapore is also a multicultural city, and close to one-quarter of its population are expatriates or foreign workers from all over the world. Known for its desire to become the technology hub of Asia, Singapore is the most wired country in the region.

Part of this drive to be the best has led Singapore to invest heavily in its healthcare infrastructure, and is now looking to increase its healthcare workforce to provide services to, and support this rapidly increasing industry.

Cost of Living

The annual inflation rate in Singapore is among the lowest in the world. The government keeps a tight rein on the economy to good economic effect. The ECPI (Expatriates Consumer Prices Index) reflects the cost of living for expatriates living and working in Singapore. The difference between the CPI and the ECPI is due to the different consumption patterns of expatriate and local households, as well as the different weights given to the various items used to compute the indices. For example, while the CPI generally reflects the trend in food prices, the ECPI reflects the trend in housing rentals because the accommodation index alone accounts for 40% of the total weights. There is a publication by the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC), who publishes a comprehensive living cost for Expatriates living in Singapore. A copy of the publication is available on their website at www.sicc.com.sg. The information is updated yearly.

Transportation

As a city state, Singapore is the second most densely populated country in the world. Making public transport easily accessible keeps the congestion in check and helps to protect the environment. This is seen as an on-going challenge for the Singapore government.

Singapore enjoys a varied range of public transport alternatives that provide services that covers the entire island at reasonable rates. They range from the public buses Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, Light Rail (LRT) system, buses and taxis. The public transport services are efficient and run at regular service intervals with passengers charged according to distance travelled.

10 great reasons to make the move to Singapore

1. Career and Training

If you’re looking for career options, Singapore has plenty on offer medical practitioners.

With soon to be nine state-of-the-art tertiary hospitals of circa 1,000 beds or more, the Singapore government investing another S$8 billion in the future of health care in this year alone, and the medical tourism industry expected to contribute S4.2 billion to GDP this year, Singapore offers security for your career in the long term.

Singapore offers training comparable to Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA – and is structured and linked to best practices from these countries.

Singapore provides the complete spectrum of medical services from primary care, to health screening, to quaternary care services such as organ transplants. In general, pay and conditions are excellent.

2. The Hub of Asia

Singapore truly is the hub of Asia. With one of the world’s busiest airports, and hundreds of adventures to be had on your doorstep in surrounding South East Asia, Singapore is the centre of air travel for the region. So whether you are going home to visit friends or family, or off to explore any corner of the world, Singapore gives you constant access to the transport you need.

3. Climate

With an equatorial, humid climate, Singapore offers a unique climate that is easy to live in all year round.

Singapore, much like the rest of South East Asia, is generally hot and humid, with average daytime temperatures reaching 30 degrees celsius, and rarely dropping below 20 degrees celsius (even at night!) all year round. The only time the weather seems to change is during the rainy season which usually lasts from November to December.

For those who enjoy the sun and heat – Singapore is the perfect place to be. With many beaches on the island (and surrounding countries) you will have just as many opportunities to enjoy the weather.

4. Low Taxation = High Disposable Income

Singapore offers many benefits – not least of which is very low taxation, which leaves you with a high disposable income which easily rivals what is on offer in Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

5. Cost of Living

The cost of living in Singapore may seem daunting at first glance – just reading information online can give you the sense that it is a very expensive place to live. In actual fact, Singapore offers the highest standard of living in South East Asia, and is reasonably priced when you take into account your higher disposable income. And once you are off the beaten tourist pathways, food, clothing, and just about everything remarkably drops to extremely reasonable levels.

6. Truly Multicultural and Tolerant

Singapore is rightfully proud of its multicultural heritage which is easily evidenced by just standing on a street corner and observing the people pass you by.

Singapore is a cosmopolitan society where people live harmoniously and interaction among different races are commonly seen. The pattern of Singapore stems from the inherent cultural diversity of the island. The immigrants of the past have given the place a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences, all of which have intermingled.

Most Singaporeans celebrate the major festivals associated with their respective religions. The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living there. The Chinese are predominantly followers of Buddhism, Taoism, Shenism, Christians, Catholics and some considered as 'free-thinkers' (Those who do not belong to any religion). Malays have the Muslims and Indians are Hindus. There is a sizeable number of Muslims and Sikhs in the Indian population.

Religious tolerance is essential in Singapore. In fact, religions often cross racial boundaries and some even merge in unusual ways in this modern country. Younger Singaporeans tend to combine a little of the mysteries of the older generation with the realistic world that they know of today.

Religion is still an integral part of the cosmopolitan Singapore. Many of its most interesting buildings are religious, be it old temples, modern churches, or exotic mosques. An understanding of these buildings do play a part in contributing to the appreciation of their art.

7. Large Expat Population

Being the major centre for commerce and trade in South East Asia (if not globally), Singapore is home to expats from all over the world – with large numbers of Aussies, Kiwis and Brits living on the island.

With English as one of the four official languages, as well as schools from all over the world, you can understand why more and more people are choosing to live in Singapore.

8. You Don't Need a Car

Singapore boasts a public transport system which is efficient, inexpensive, and readily accessible. A combination of public transport and taxis can get you anywhere you need to be on the island in a time and cost effective manner. When trips on public transport start at 60 cents, and taxis at 3 dollars, why would you want to cover all of the costs of your own private vehicle?

If the need for a car arises, there are many car hire companies on the island offering competitive rates.

9. Technology and Infrastructure

Singapore is on the cutting edge of technology, implementing new technology and ideas with ease due to their intelligently designed infrastructure. Nowhere else in the world even comes close.

10. Contract Security and Stability

Our clients in Singapore are offering 2 year+ contracts to prospective employees – which means you won’t be applying for another job to start in 6 or 12 months. This level of security and stability for health workers is almost unknown elsewhere. Most importantly, it’s a sign that your employer is committed to you, and with that comes the necessary support you need to be the best you can be.

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