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City Profile: Singapore

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How long have you lived there?

10 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

ANZA, British/Dutch/American club.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Lots of socialising amongst expat families. Most expat families have limited contact with the locals, mainly due to local children not being allowed to attend international schools. Around 80% or locals live in government housing as opposed to the private condominiums or houses that most expats live in. Lots of sporting opportunities for kids an adults - soccer, gymnastics, ice skating, horse riding, rugby, swimming.

In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Very diverse population. Some underlying racial predjudice between the ethnic groups, but it is not overt. Expats generally welcomed by the local population.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Banking, shipping, scientific research, education. Most expats transferred here by their companies.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Try to negotiate a good expat package here - including generous housing, medical and school fees. These items are all exensive and can make the difference between making the posting worthwhile financially. Once you're here, try to live below your means. It's easy to live the high life and there's lots to spend your money on. Many expats leave with nothing to show for the time they spent here.

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First Published: May 15, 2006

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