Singapore, as a sovereign city-state, is a very crowded city. More than 50% of its area is covered by parks, that's why a lot of people call this place the Garden City. As one of the financial centers in Asia, Singapore is one of the original Four Asian Tigers. This city-state is well-known in the media and casual conversations as Little Red Dot, because on many maps it is depicted in such way. Singapore is ideal for English-speaking people because English is one of the official languages. Additionally, Singapore is one of the most prosperous countries in the world.
of the workforce is made up of non-Singaporeans
In Singapore you have to decide either you prefer Western medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and after that choose a doctor. There are 25 hospitals and specialty centers in Singapore. Moreover, there is a national savings account — Medisave. Under this system 6.5-9% of monthly salary is transferred to Medisave account for solving personal and family health problems (pay for hospitalization, hospital bills, surgery).
Medications in Singapore are divided into 3 groups: prescription-only medication (POM), pharmacy-only medication (P) (they can be sold only by qualified pharmacists), general sales or over-the-counter medication (GSL). Drags are provided by pharmacies, but if you need urgent help, you can go to 24/7 medical clinic + pharmacy.
In 2014, Singapore’s healthcare system was rated as the most efficient in the world. Near 80% of Singaporeans use the public healthcare system. However, a lot of citizens and permanent residents have additional private insurance too, because not all services are covered by public insurance. All doctors in this city-state speak English (English is one of the official languages). Besides, from the economic point of view healthcare in Singapore includes nationalized life insurance schemes and deductions from the compulsory savings plan or CPF.
There is a pre-university education and a three-level higher educational system in Singapore. Pre-university education prepares students for exams and for studying at the universities. Three-level education is divided into Bachelor's Degree — 3 to 5 years, Master's Degree (Postgraduate Degree) — 1 to 2 years, and Doctoral Degree — 2 to 5 years. Fees at universities vary from $13,000 to $52,500 and can be smaller for students who accept the tuition grants.
More about education in Singapore
List of post-secondary education providers
Singapore, as a city-state with tropical rainforest climate, is considered as a place with no distinctive seasons. The range of temperature is from 22°C (71°F) to 35°C (95 °F). Furthermore, rains are common in Singapore.
average temperature in summer
average temperature in winter
Singapore, as a safe city-state, has a safety level of 84% safe according to Numbeo's rating. It can be caused by very strict rules because in Singapore even minor violations are considered offenses. For instance, the sale of gum is banned and for breaking this law you can be sentenced for 1 year in jail and $5,500 fine. And about crime, Singapore is also safe for residents.
Numbeo Safety Index
Singapore, as a city-state with one of the most dynamic, most competitive and innovative economy, is one of the original Four Asian Tigers. In 2015 Singapore was ranked as the second freest economy in the world according to the Index of Economic Freedom. It is also considered as the easiest place to start a business according to the Ease of Doing Business Index. However, at the same time, Singapore is one of the most expensive cities. There is one interesting fact that more than 40% of the Singaporean workforce is made up of non-Singaporeans.
Average monthly salary
Expat communities are common in Singapore, because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help, if it is needed. Here are some of them:
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