7 Reasons Why You Will Love Working in Basel

Basel is Switzerland’s third largest city and smallest canton. Each year the city embraces its diverse population by welcoming expatriates from all over the world including Germany, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and France. Wondering what makes Basel so special? Here are 7 reasons why expats love the city so much!


1. High standard of living

In 2017, Basel was named the 10th best city to live in the entire world, with Zurich taking 2nd place and Geneva ranked in 8th place. Switzerland has also been voted as the world’s best nation to live in various times with high life expectancy and strong social protection, research, infrastructure and education, enhancing the quality of life.

2. Expat life

Home to a large international community, 30% of Basel’s inhabitants are expatriates from all over the world. Not only does this make it easier for expats settling into their new international home to interact with fellow expatriates, however, this means that mostly everyone speaks English, therefore there is no need to worry about learning Swiss German although learning a few phrases could be useful!

3. Safety

Generally speaking, there is relatively little crime in Basel making it a safe place to live and raise a family. You can take a stroll in the city centre during the day or at night worry free.

4. Ideal location

Basel map

Bordering both Germany and France, Basel is ideally located with the rest of Europe within reach. With two main train stations and only a quick journey to Frankfurt, Milan and Paris, you can travel to a different country within minutes.

A direct train connection from Basel SBB train station can take you to Paris within 3 hours thanks to TGV Lyria, an international high-speed train running from Switzerland to France. There are around 34 trains a day between Basel and Paris, leaving every 17 minutes. A return ticket can cost as little as 40 EUR. This makes for a great day out at the weekend with family or friends!

5. Joie de vivre

Art lovers can take full advantage of the array of world-class art galleries and museums dotted around the Swiss city. From the Kunsthalle and Balzer Projects to one of the most important and prestigious international events, Art Basel, this Swiss city’s art scene is vibrant.

The people of Basel also aren’t afraid to let their hair down and enjoy life. As soon as temperatures rise, the city’s inhabitants head to the Rhine for a refreshing swim to cool off followed by a nice BBQ and beers with friends and family.

6. Rich culture

Basel carnival

As well as a rich cuisine, trendy bars, exquisite restaurants and serving as an architecture’s paradise, Basel also boasts excellent cultural life full of entertainment. Take a stroll down the charming streets of the Romantic old town on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and you will experience Fasnacht, Switzerland’s biggest and most vibrant carnival in full swing. For three days, the entire city is illuminated by a myriad of colours, bright lights and confetti whilst it sees drummers and piccolo players parade through the streets in crazy costumes offering a fun-filled performance to all.

7. Public transport

The efficient and reliable public transport system enables the city’s inhabitants to get around the city comfortably and promptly without having to rely on a car. People can opt to travel by train, buses, tram, gondola, funicular or boat to anywhere they wish – mountains, other Swiss cities – you name it!

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