For any of the world’s countries, there are always both advantages and disadvantages to living there. There are also pros and cons to remaining in the hometown that you were born and grew up in. However, when you are moving to a certain country such as Singapore – which is a nation that has a very different way of life and culture – you might want to be more careful about weighing your options. Your family and friends may think you are crazy to even consider moving to a country that has banned chewing gum.
However, truthfully, life in Singapore does offer many more benefits compared to the average city in America once you get a PR visa from immigration solutions. So keep reading to find out the 5 main reasons why you should consider moving to Singapore, and get ready to pack your bags!
- Singapore is safe and clean
When looking at it from a worldwide scale, Singapore ranks among the top ten cleanest and safest nations on the entire planet. Although you won’t be punished for chewing gum by a police officer, if you dare to throw it (or any other type of trash) in the street, you will be heavily fined. The same is true for littering, drinking or eating while on public transportation. The police definitely can’t catch everybody, but when they do catch you, believe me when I tell you that the punishment can be quite painful. The no-nonsense approach that it takes to crime, is also one of the major reasons why Singapore is a very safe place to live in. Criminals are captured and then caned and then either taken to jail or if they are an immigrant are deported to their home country, without exception. Native Singaporeans have been raised in this environment and it is natural to follow the rules. Once you have lived there for a while, it won’t seem all that strange to you either.
- Singapore has a very low tax rate
When compared with many other countries (particularly ones in the West), the tax rate in Singapore is fairly low. There is around a 15% tax rate on employment income, however, if you are working there on a short-term basis, then your income is exempt from paying any tax. Low taxes is exactly what has turned Singapore into a millionaire’s dream. In 2012 Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin surrendered his U.S. citizenship to become a permanent resident of Singapore – undoubtedly to avoid the bizarre double taxation method used in the United States (along with around a 40% tax rates). Becoming a millionaire in the country of Singapore is fairly easy to do precisely for the reason that you are not required to pay high taxes on income. That may be why Singapore has the highest percentage of millionaires in the world – at about 17% of the total population.
- Singapore has beautiful weather
One of the very best things there is about living in the country of Singapore is that its weather stays about the same all year long. You might be wondering what that is beneficial, so let me explain. We have a local joke here that says Singapore has two seasons: winter and summer. That is due to the fact that the weather has a tendency to remain humid and hot throughout the entire year (and quite rainy as well). That is why Singaporean really love to blast their air conditioners. It is summer when you walk outside, and then it’s winter when you go inside. Get it? One of the great things about the weather being the same no matter what part of the year that it happens to be is you can pack your winter clothes away (or donate them) and then just wear your summer clothes all year. The days are long gone when you have to take your bulky sweaters from storage once fall hits. Instead, enjoy the days of flip-flops, shorts, sunscreen, and sunglasses!
- Singapore is multicultural
In can be difficult to find a multicultural society in a majority of Asian countries. That is one reason way that Singapore really stands out from other nations in the area. There is something really special about living in a society where there are people from all over the world residing in harmony together. What is even better, it that the religion that you choose to practice is highly respected. There is not any religious dissonance here. Hindu temples exist in harmony right next to Christian churches. While I lived in Singapore, there was a local church that sent the temple next door a gift when a Hindu religious holiday was being observed. You are free in Singapore to practice all parts of your culture that are within the parameters of what the law allows. All holidays are celebrated in Singapore, so you will be given time off for Christmas, Chinese New Years, and Diwali.
- Singapore is a real food lover’s paradise
In Singapore, there is a common saying that says that the two national pastimes here are eating and shopping. The former is definitely true! Singaporeans really love food, and an incredible foodie culture has developed around their passion for all tasty food. At local food courts or hawker centers, you can find an abundance of delicious, cheap food that includes Indian, Chinese, and Malaysian cuisine, or you can try a selection of incredible but expensive restaurants in Singapore. For authentic, delicious Indian food check out Little India, or for Chinese treats head over to Chinatown. There are endless options available and the best thing is that vegetarians are being more catered to in Singapore and you can find Chinese, Japanese and a variety of many other cuisines for non-meat eaters as well.