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. By January 2012, the number of fixed broadband internet access accounts increased to over 2.2 million, representing an 86 per cent household penetration rate. Hong Kong is also a world leader in free public Wi-Fi internet, with over 10,300 commercial and government 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.

Capital Investment Entrant Scheme

The scheme facilitates the entry for residence by capital investment entrants, i.e. persons who make capital investment in Hong Kong but would not be engaged in the running of any business here. The entrant is allowed to make his choice of investments amongst permissible assets without the need to establish or join in a business. More information can be found here.

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Last Updated: October 03, 2018