Living in Hong Kong

The rule of law, free education, a comprehensive health and welfare system, clean government, disciplinary forces among Asia's finest and a level playing field for business combine to create a stable and safe environment for people to live, work, study and enjoy life.

Hong Kong is an open, tolerant and pluralistic community. Here, people are free to air their views and follow their religious and political beliefs. It hosts a vast range of local and international media. About 90 international media organisations, including Kyodo News, Jiji Press, The NIKKEI, have offices in the city.

It is one of the world's safest cities, with overall crime rates among the lowest. International surveys consistently rate Hong Kong as one of the “least corrupt” places in Asia.

It is a global communications hub with excellent communications infrastructure. Broadband and mobile networks cover almost 100 per cent of the territory, providing companies and individuals with reliable, accessible and secure communications. Hong Kong is also a world leader in free public Wi-Fi internet, with over 49,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots across the territory.

Hong Kong places a minimal tax burden on residents - only 15 per cent maximum salaries tax for individuals; 16.5 per cent profits tax for corporations; no value added or sales tax; no capital gains tax; and no inheritance tax. Only income sourced in Hong Kong is taxable.

An overview of the different aspects of living in Hong Kong and tips for settling in can be found here.

Last Updated: July 29, 2019

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