While moving to this dynamic city-state is certainly exciting, expats are sure to have a few questions and queries about their new home. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Singapore.

What can I expect from Singaporean culture?

Singapore is a multicultural society comprised of mostly Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicities. It is important to learn more about the specific traditions associated with each culture, particularly in a society in which religious tolerance is essential. Throughout the year, all the major religions find their expression in the celebration of major festivals. Thanks to Singapore's modern infrastructure, Western expats are unlikely to experience too much culture shock.

Is Singapore safe?

Safety in Singapore should not be a major concern for expats. Crime is low and Singaporean laws are strict and well enforced. Most of the crime that occurs in Singapore is opportunistic. Nevertheless, expats should be careful and exercise the same safety precautions they would elsewhere.

What languages are spoken?

There are four official languages: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English. English is the most common language and is the medium of instruction in school and the common language of business. Most Singaporeans, however, use Singlish to communicate with one another. Singlish is a mix of English and other languages and has evolved over the years as a direct result of the crossover of cultures in this vibrant city. 

Where can I meet fellow expats?

There is little reason to feel too homesick in this cosmopolitan city, as there are many expat clubs and associations catering to Singapore’s large expat network. Many of these venues offer recreational facilities and celebrate the traditions from back home. The vibrant lifestyle in Singapore is also conducive to meeting new people and there are plenty of activities to keep busy with. 

Is there a good standard of education in Singapore? Can expat children attend local schools?

The standard of education and schools in Singapore are very high and there are plenty of options available for newly arrived expats. Expats are eligible to send their children to public schools; however, the adjustment is often difficult for foreign children and teaching methods are very different to those used in Western countries. Most expats, therefore, opt to send their children to private or international schools in Singapore, of which there are many.