Thursday, 12 July 2012

Singapore – strictly business?

The latest instalment from the FT View From series, supported by HSBC Expat, focuses on one of the world’s most densely populated cities, Singapore. The state boasts 5.1m people in 272 square miles – that’s an area half the size of Greater London and a third that of Tokyo. 

Singapore is largely, and perhaps mistakenly, thought of solely as a hub for finance and family upbringing and in the past has failed to excite and enthuse a new generation of expat. However, perceptions may be set to change as culture and the arts continue to reinvent the city as the next big thing. 

Singapore arts festival (source

Unfortunately, the heat and crowded conditions often mean that expats, especially those not able to travel on business, struggle to stay in Singapore for lengthy periods of time succumbing to ‘island fever’. Luckily Singapore offers escapes in the form of Bukit Timah nature reserve and with so many budget airlines expats are never far away from respite. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, in the 2011 Expat Explorer Survey, Singapore ranked 4th in terms of travel opportunities, with 79% of respondents saying they have travelled more since relocating. Singapore ranked 3rd overall proving that the city still remains a popular expat hotspot, despite the sometimes challenging conditions! 43% of respondents said that they had a better work life balance since moving to Singapore and half admitted to living in better accommodation than in their home country. 

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