Singapore has more people than New Zealand
Singapore is a very small country. New Zealand is a big country from the standpoint of Singapore.
However, when it comes to population, New Zealand has one million less people.
Singapore has about 5.5 million people.
New Zealand has about 4.5 million people.
There is a website comparing many statistics about the two countries.
The interesting fact is that Singapore has low unemployment rate. If New Zealand were your home instead of Singapore you would have higher chance of unemployed, higher chance of getting murdered, spending more on health care, use more electricity, and making less money.
I think one of the main reasons for the difference is the tax rate. New Zealand has much higher income tax than Singapore. The Goods and Service Tax is 7% in Singapore, and 15% in New Zealand.
In Singapore, about 67% of the working population does not pay income tax.
For the low income earners, the government subsidies their earnings by a scheme known as Workfare Bonus.
In New Zealand, practically everyone pays income tax.