Singapore Expats are the Happiest



Expats in Singapore are the happiest, according to the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2018. Over 22,000 expats took part in the survey. Economics, experience and family were the criteria used for the ranking. Singapore made global leader for the fourth year running thanks to a strong combination of these criteria. Expats living in Singapore agree it is a difficult place to beat, regardless of their gender, nationality, age or career.

Plenty of Things to Do

Singapore is not all about being a well-known financial hub. It offers breath-taking architecture, lush jungle areas, stunning parks and botanical gardens, vast shopping malls and a huge choice of activity, making it a truly interesting place to be. The climate is hot (and humid) all year round, which some find appealing.  Its central location in South-East Asia means that there are many affordable travel opportunities on offer with several interesting places to visit nearby.

Career Opportunities

Singapore ticks many boxes for the expats living there. According to the HSBC survey, 45% of the expats moved to progress their career. Expats working there earn an average of USD 162’000 per annum, which is more than the global average by USD 56’000. Many expats are moved over there with an employer for a  limited period of time, but they then choose to stay on for many different reasons including the level of safety there, work-life balance, the impressive organisation of the country, and a truly vibrant lifestyle.

Children are Happier

It seems that children also benefit from life in Singapore. Singapore ranks first when it comes to school quality, both for locals and non-locals, and they rank second for child care.  There are also many sport and leisure activities for children. According to the survey, 60% of expat parents in Singapore say their children’s health and wellbeing is better in Singapore than at home.

For more information on the survey click here.

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Trudi Hayes

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