Singapore is an intriguing blend of Western modernity and Asian culture. For first-timers, it’s an excellent way to get introduced to living in Asia. Within a total area of roughly 700 square kilometers, you’ll find gleaming skyscrapers, Chinese shophouses, Malay mosques, Hindu temples, and endless chains of airconditioned shopping malls. Singapore is safe, clean, and green – proud of its reputation as a Garden City.
Singapore is a cosmopolitan country at the crossroads of Asia where people from the region feel right at home and those from beyond feel welcome. In fact, one in three persons here comes from abroad, constantly adding to the nation's unique heritage blend. Today, the population is a rich mix of different cultures, lifestyles and religions – co-existing harmoniously.
Being a consistent top performer in Mercer's Quality of Living surveys over the years, and the top-ranked Asian city in the 2011 survey, Singapore has taken the work-live-play approach very much to heart.
The city-state is safe and orderly. Recognised as one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world, its public transport system and healthcare services are world-class. This provides a dynamic business environment, providing plenty of work opportunities locally and overseas.
In fact, there are numerous schools catering to the education needs of expatriate children while its local schooling system has achieved academic distinction. It’s one of the push factors that make Singapore a great place to raise a family.
Most importantly, the "play" aspect is not forgotten in the Republic. The arts and culture scene is thriving and growing. From a host of acclaimed museums, such as the ArtScience Museum located at the luxurious Marina Bay district and countless theatre and musical productions at world-class venues like The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
Singapore is also a gastronomic draw, with a lively dining and entertainment scene that offers some of the best cuisine in Asia, as well as unique street food.
The warm, sunny weather makes all-year-round water and outdoor sports possible. There are a wide variety of well-tended green spaces and exercise facilities such as the East Coast Park and the Botanical Gardens for relaxation and fun. Singapore is also ploughing resources into state-of-the-art sporting facilities such as the Singapore Sports Hub in Kallang.