| Why Basel Area


A thriving international business hub

Today 37% of those who live in Basel-Stadt have an international background.  Where else can you hop between three countries – shopping, eating out, sightseeing – in a few hours? A delicious meal in the Alsace or hiking in the beautiful Black Forest are just a short drive away. Equally attractive is a stroll down to the banks of the Rhine River on a summer evening for some people-watching while the city relaxes.

People are friendly and distances are short, which leaves everyone with more time to enjoy the undeniably high quality of life (read about life in Switzerland). It has been ranked one of the safest cities according to the Mercer Index, and top 10 overall quality of life in the world.

Art, culture and more

Basel’s reputation in the art world is exceptional, as well, with Art Basel, the world’s premier art fair along with its satellite fairs, and Europe’s highest density of museums. It is also home to many famous architects, including the internationally celebrated team of Herzog & de Meuron.

The rich cultural calendar spans dance and theater, but there is equally strong support for the local FC Basel soccer team. Basel is the location of Switzerland’s oldest university, numerous research institutes and multinational companies that drive the region’s economy and intellectual assets – the per capita GDP for Basel is twice the national average.

Facts & figures

Population: 200,000
Total area: 36 km2
Languages: German, Swiss German, English, French
Main sectors:
  • Life sciences
  • Finance
  • Logistics & trade
  • Medtech
  • Consumer goods
  • Retail
  • Creative industries
  • Trade fairs and congresses
Read more on Basel-Stadt website

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