Pick up the pace, because this week we’re in a nation that boasts the fastest walkers on Earth. Our Work Culture World Tour is now trotting through the small, island-filled nation of Singapore, a global tech hub that is notable for its strict ban on littering (well, except for peanut shells) and gum-chewing. And if the longer work hours get to you, you can always turn to a huggable Coke machine for comfort.
Singapore is the 27th destination on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
You’ll jump in instead of settle in on your first work day…
Fast Culture Facts for Singapore
- 5.8 million, with a the 2nd highest population density in the world (Monaco is No. 1), at 7,778 people per square kilometer.
- 3.8 million – with a labor force participation rate of 67.7%, higher than that of the U.S. Women make up 42.1% of the workforce.
- Singapore’s GDP was $364.1 billion in 2018, making it the 4th largest in Southeast Asia and the 36th largest economy in the world Services make up 73% of GDP, followed by industry, at 25.6% and agriculture, at 0.7%
- Singapore ranks 54th of 158 nations in terms of gender equality. The gender-pay gap is relatively small, with women earning about 94% of what men earn for similar work. Singapore’s population is ethnically diverse, consisting of about 73% Chinese, 13% Malay and 9% Indian populations. A recent survey showed half of Malay and Indian respondents felt discriminated against when applying for jobs. The nation was the first to legalize gay marriage. Singapore also is well behind most developed nations in granting LGBTQ rights: Male homosexuality is illegal, gay marriage is banned, and there are no protections against housing and employment discrimination.
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