If you are from Southeast Asia or Indian subcontinent and have lived in America for quite a few years and plan to move back from US someday for one of the reasons like kids education, their upbringing in your cultural values, take care of parents, settle down in home country, etc., it could be quite difficult to make the complete switch from West to East. Often, it may be a good idea to transition into a place like Singapore, which is often called as the place where “East meets West”. We will share our thoughts on living in Singapore in comparison with USA based on our experience. As part of the series we will cover the topics like below. ( Topics are linked to articles )
- Background of Singapore – Some quick facts about Singapore
- Infrastructure Roads, Buildings, Public Facilities – Singapore vs USA
- Public Transportation – Buses, Trains, Taxis
- Salary Ranges in Singapore – How much will you get paid ?
- Taxes in Singapore vs USA ? Less Taxes in Singapore
- Housing –Rent vs Buy. Govt. built houses (HDB) vs condominiums
- What are the rental costs ? How to search for Apartments?
- Cost of Living in Singapore vs USA
- Kids Education in Singapore – Cost of School Tuition
- Buying Car in Singapore ? Very Expensive
- Proximity to Home Countries in Asia – Travel
- Weekend, Tourist Spots – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia
- Things to do in – Marina Bay Sands, Zoo, Bird Park, Gardens
- Work culture in Singapore vs USA ? Work Late ?
- Ethnicities and Culture of People in Singapore
- General Safety, Rules, Law Enforcement in Singapore
- Economy, Jobs, Immigration Rules in Singapore
To start of the series, lets have a quick look at Singapore as a country and what makes it one of the places to compare with USA. This is definitely not going to be a history lesson, will have relevant facts for employment and living J
Background of Singapore – Some quick facts about Singapore
- Singapore just completed its 50th birthday this year on August 9th, 2015, it was part of Malaysia before that. It is also called “the Lion City”, “Garden City” and also “The Red Dot“
- According to Forbes, Singapore is the third richest country in the world.
- Singapore land size was about 581 km2 in 1960’s and now about 710 km2, it has grown the land size by land filling. They plan to increase more by 2030… quite interesting!
- According to BBC, Singapore is one of the top five safest cities to live in the world.
- People in Singapore often speak in “Singlish” ( Singaporean English). It is very common for people to say “Lah” at the end of many common sentences…Check out short Singlish Video
- Singapore has an unemployment rate of just 2%. Its unemployment never went past 3% in the last 10 years. Check history of unemployment rate Singapore.
- Prior to 1965, Singapore was a British naval base in East Asia and its GDP Per capita (GDP / Population) of Singapore was around $500 USD in 1965 and in 2013, it is about 56,000 USD. That’s tremendous growth, ahead of US. Check the graph below.
- Singapore culture is quite diverse, there are about 74% of Chinese, 13% of Malay, 9 % of Indian and about 3 to 4 % of others. There are quite a few temples, mosques, churches, etc. to each of these ethnic groups all across Singapore.
- It is quite humid in Singapore for most part of the year with plenty of rain all around the year. If you like warm weather, it is the place to be. No Snow folks ! Not even cold weather, it is warm and humid…
There are many websites dedicated to share the history and background of Singapore, above are just few snippets…I recommend you to check out the website Know Your Singapore or you may read Wikipedia on Singapore
Did I miss any fun fact about Singapore? Share your thoughts or fun facts?
Also, if you would like to have specific topic addressed, leave a comment, we will try to write an article on the same.
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