Second-guessing your decision to accept that transfer to Singapore from your company? Fret not, you’re not alone, for it’s only natural to feel doubtful about moving abroad to a foreign country where you know less to nothing about, and every face you see is a stranger. Team Expat has previously compiled a list of reasons to be thankful about living abroad in Singapore, but before you get to the crux of the matter, it’s important that you understand why you’ve made the right decision to relocate to Singapore, with or without your family.
1. Singapore Airlines is voted one of the top 20 safest airlines
Over the past year, Singapore’s neighbor, Malaysia, was hit by a spate of aviation disasters that have made headlines worldwide and heightened fears for traveling safety. So it is very assuring to know that a recent review by AirlineRatings.com as quoted by Today Online sees Singapore Airlines (SIA) making it into the list of top 20 safest airlines to fly with. Topping the list is Qantas, but apart from the Australian airline, no further details were revealed regarding the rankings of the other 19. The list was created based on each airline’s industry ratings, government audits, fatality records, operational history, incident records, and operational excellence. Based on the examinations, SIA is among the 148 airlines (out of 407 surveyed) that received the maximum seven-star safety rating! Now you know which airline to take for your upcoming overseas vacation!
2. Singapore has the best education system in the world
On more than a few occasions, Team Expat has covered Singapore’s education system, which we’ve found to nurture some of the smartest kids in the world, including child genius Aidan Na. If you’ve relocated to Singapore with your children, then congratulations, you would be glad to know your children are about to get a world-class education, as the island city-state prides itself on its style of teaching, quality of teachers, and competitive environment. If you would like to know whether local education is the right fit for your children, we highly recommend that you read this article or connect with one of our resident experts here.
3. Singaporean dishes are included in the ‘World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods (Readers’ Pick)’
According to a readers’ poll by CNN International, four Singaporean dishes were included in the list—Hainanese chicken rice, chili crab, laksa, and roti prata. However, live in Singapore long enough, and you’ll soon discover that these four dishes only represent the tip of the iceberg for local food varieties, especially when there are Chinese, Malay, Indian, and cross-cultural dishes to consider. In fact, there’s so much to eat that the Singapore Tourism Board has declared the island city-state’s food to be a tourist attraction, and the Singapore Food Festival is held annually in July to celebrate the wonder that is Singapore cuisine. Time to go on a food trail over the weekend!
4. The highest paid citizens in the world live in Singapore
Believe it or not, Singapore is home to the highest paid citizens in the world! There are a few reasons for this, namely the fact that there is a high demand for individuals who can contribute towards innovation and offset skill shortages. After expats move to Singapore, they find that they are handsomely rewarded for their contributions, which make them want to stay on. Coupled with the low cost of living and working in Singapore, this results in the country having the highest paid citizens in the world. You can read all about it in our latest article here.
5. Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world
According to this article by Miratel Solutions, Singapore is listed among the top ten safest countries to live in the world as of 2014. Factofun, who published the list, states that the basis for these statistics is each country’s mortality rate, and due to Singapore’s strict public policies, the country is known for its cleanliness and safety, which in turn, contributes to the well being of its citizens. Now you don’t have to look thrice over your shoulder when you’re coming home late from work or after drinks!
6. Singapore’s economy ranks second in the world
Thanks to its education system and consistently high quality of life, Singapore managed to retain its position as the world’s second-most competitive economy in 2015, for the fifth year running. It’s only behind Switzerland in terms of technological adoption, business sophistication and innovation, but did especially well in terms of goods, labour and financial market efficiency, according to The Straits Times, quoting from the World Economic Forum (WEF).
7. Singapore is listed as one of the top tourist destinations
Based on the aforementioned facts, it’s small wonder that Singapore did very well for itself in terms of attracting tourists. The little red dot has been listed as the ‘Top Country’ in Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015, one of the ‘Top 10 destinations to visit in 2015’ by CNN Travel, and Popular Family Destination of the Year 2015 by Qyer, among others. With so many popular tourist attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore and the newly reopened National Gallery Singapore, as well as being the home to the world’s best airport, Changi Airport, there’s no shortage of tourists booking getaways to Singapore.
Has this article renewed your zest for life in Singapore? There are plenty of benefits and exciting activities to experience on this little red dot, so stay tuned to our blog for more! Hit up our resident experts here if you have any questions regarding Singapore living, or leave a comment below.
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