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Removals to Singapore| Shipping to Singapore | Living in Singapore

Singapore is a popular destination for expats, with many people from the UK relocating to the “Lion City” every year. If you are planning removals to Singapore, Dolphin Movers has extensive experience of organising this type of international move. Our comprehensive services cater both for individuals and families moving abroad and for companies wanting to arrange corporate moves overseas.

Many British people moving house to Singapore will be working in the city-state's major financial centre, which is one of the largest in the world. Dolphin can arrange your whole move from door to door, providing a shipping to Singapore package tailor-made for you. This could include full or part container-loads, air freight for any items which are urgently needed, comprehensive insurance for your goods during transit and full packing and loading.

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Geography and Demographics

Singapore lies off the Malayan Peninsula, 85 miles north of the equator, in between Malaysia and Indonesia. The diamond-shaped main island of Singapore is surrounded by 60 smaller islands. Major land reclamation projects have seen the country's land area grow from 225 square miles to 275 square miles over recent years, and it is set to expand even more. The largest reclaimed area is Jurong Island, an artificial island which has been created to the southwest by joining together seven smaller islands, creating a base for many petrochemical companies.

Singapore boasts one of the world's busiest ports, and it is also home to the second busiest international airport in Asia, Singapore Changi, with links to more than 200 destinations around the world. The total population is around 5.4 million, with more than 40 per cent of people based here being foreign workers who have undertaken removals to Singapore. The majority of the population is Chinese Singaporean, but there are large communities originally from Malaysia and India, as well as expats from many other countries. The city is believed to have a higher proportion of US dollar millionaires than anywhere else in the world.

Economy

Singapore is reputed to have one of the freest market economies worldwide, second only to Hong Kong. Thousands of multinational companies are based here, while its strong financial sector and low tax rates have led to it being nicknamed the “Switzerland of Asia”. The country's main industries include oil refining, chemicals, IT, biomedical sciences and exporting and importing. Tourism also makes an important contribution, with more than 10 million visitors every year.

History

Although Singapore's name comes from the Malay word for lion, it isn't believed that lions ever lived in this part of the world. It has had various different rulers over the years, including the Johor Sultanate. However, the roots of modern Singapore date back to the early 19th century, when Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles established a British trading post for the East India Company on the island. The island went on to come under British rule, with its population fast expanding as many people moved there from China to work in the rubber industry.

During the Second World War Singapore was occupied by Japan, but it was returned to British rule after the war. It declared independence from the UK in 1963 and briefly belonged to the Federation of Malaysia, but went on to become a fully independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1965. The country is now a parliamentary republic.

Landmarks and Attractions

Singapore's tropical climate makes it a top holiday destination, with many landmarks which are a must not only for tourists, but also for all those living and working in the country. One of the most popular resort areas is the island of Sentosa, which has a sheltered beach more than a mile long. There is also a lot of green space to explore in Singapore, including one of Asia's top parks, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, with their famous array of orchids. Jurong Birdpark, Underwater World and the Universal Studios are among the theme park attractions visited by millions.

Within the main city, historic districts to explore include Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarter, which have many colourful buildings, museums, temples and mosques and a whole variety of international foods to discover. The Singapore River is the leading centre of nightlife, with a huge choice of bars and restaurants, and you can get a great view of the skyline by taking a boat trip here. Shopaholics will want to visit the famous shopping boulevard of Orchid Road, which covers 2.2 metres and features an amazing 22 shopping malls.

Expats in Singapore

It's estimated that around 46,000 British expats live in Singapore, alongside workers from many other nations who have decided to make their homes in this vibrant and young city-state. English is one of the official languages here and most residents can speak it, which makes it much easier for people moving from the UK to Singapore to settle in. High salaries and living standards are among the attractions of a life in this fast-moving, cosmopolitan part of the world, but it's worth remembering that property prices here are also very high, and you will need to take out private health insurance. Many expats work in the fields of finance, insurance, technology and management.

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