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Retire in Singapore

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Singapore. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Singapore?

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How do I meet people in Singapore?

When we asked people living in Singapore about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Singapore Hash House Harriers, Any of the rugby clubs (Singapore Cricket Club, Bucks, etc)," said another retiree in living in Singapore, Singapore.

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What is life like in Singapore?

When we asked people living in Singapore what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"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 too, 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," said another retiree in living in Singapore, Singapore.

"Local's lives revolve around family, expats mix family and socialising. Sports are not very high on anyone's list here due to the weather and unless you like soccer you won't find great variety on cable," explained a retiree in Singapore.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Singapore?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Singapore, they said:

"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," said another retiree in Singapore.

"Enjoy! Singapore may have a reputation of being very stiff but I have had a great time here and would do it again in a heart beat. Make sure you negotiate any contracts so that you are on local taxes as they are amongst the lowest in the world," commented one retiree living in Singapore, Singapore.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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