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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore, SingaporeSingapore is an island city-state. Singapore has one of the busiest ports in the world.

Singapore is in South Eastern Asia, and comprises islands between Malaysia and Indonesia. The climate is tropical, hot, humid and rainy.

The official languages are English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. English is widely spoken and is the usual language for business and administration. The main religions are Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism.

The economy of Singapore is a highly developed market-based economy, which has historically revolved around trade. The economy depends heavily on exports and refining imported goods, especially in manufacturing.

Singapore is a blend of Western, Chinese and Asian culture. Expatriate business dress is typically informal, with more people wearing open-necked shirts and slacks/skirts than business suits. Formal suits are usually only worn at official occasions.

The security risk for expatriates in Singapore is low, putting it amongst the safest destinations in the world. Risks include low levels of petty crime, and a low level underlying threat of terrorism.

The currency of Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD). Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and department stores.

Medical facilities are of a high quality but expensive. High levels of air pollution (haze) from fires in Indonesia can impact health. Dengue fever and chikungunya virus occur. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is common.

The population of Singapore is 5.6 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.4% for Singapore as at October 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Singapore is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 22%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Singapore as at 1 November 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world.

We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Singapore is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1670. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$22.02, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$3.72, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$4.12 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$10.39.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1780. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$69, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$89, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$106 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$38.
3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$230. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$33, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.15 per minute.
4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$42600. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$27,695 for Primary School, and USD$30,820 for High School.
5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$4025. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$996, and USD$855 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.
6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1470. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.10, 1 kg oranges USD$2.90, 1 head lettuce USD$1.54, 1 kg potatos USD$2.26, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.39, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$15.14, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.12, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.76, 1 L full cream milk USD$2.23, and 1.5 L water USD$1.23.
7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1030. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$83, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$2,553.
8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$5800. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$5,830 in a central location, and USD$3,368 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.
9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$1245. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$24.26, while an international newspaper is USD$7.47.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$430. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$34, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$171.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$580. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$8.81, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$100 per month.
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1110. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.98, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.43, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.87, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$44.04.
13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1240. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.67, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$86,530.

Singapore is 96.4% more expensive than USA for groceries, 117.4% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 213.8% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Singapore is ranked as a minimal hardship location.

The hardship premium for Singapore for an expat from Australia, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Singapore) premium of 10% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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