BASEL, CENTRE OF EUROPE, TRINATIONAL AND COSMOPOLITAN
Basel, the small metropolis, is nestled at the river Rhine, one of the busiest waterways in Europe. This particular location in the heart of the Franco-German- Swiss trinational triangle gives the town its openness to the world, its economic power and its immense cultural diversity. The position at the Rhine made Basel a leading commercial site already in past centuries. Its trinational Euroairport Basel- Mulhouse-Freiburg is a key transport hub, linking the region with Europe and the world. The main cities of Europe are at about one hour’s flight distance. The well-developed train network offers excellent connections across Switzerland and Europe.
Basel is also characterized by its unique concentration of innovative companies, research and higher educational institutes, a cosmopolitan culture, an international environment and business-friendly conditions. It is also the center of life sciences and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry (such as Novartis, Syngenta, Roche, Straumann AG, Lonza, Clariant) and has significant businesses in the logistics, transports (e.g. Panalpina Welttransporte AG) and financial sector (such as UBS, Credit Suisse, Julius Bär, Safra Sarasin etc).
Also the world’s oldest international financial organization, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), established in 1930, is located in Basel. The BIS has 60 member central banks, representing countries from around the world that together make up about 95% of the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Basel is the most dynamic economic region in Switzerland and one of the most productive worldwide.
In addition, Basel’s world-class museums, theaters and concert halls, the unique density of architectural masterpieces (by Mario Botta, Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry) contribute to a high quality of life. Its innumerable historical buildings form a picturesque setting for its vibrant cultural scene. The city ranks with the European elite in the field of fine arts and hosts the world’s leading contemporary art fair, “Art Basel”. Further highlights are the world’s most important specialist trade fair for the international watch and jewellery industry, “Baselworld” and one of the most significant indoor tennis tournaments in the world, the “Swiss Indoors”.
Basle offers excellent opportunities to combine business and leisure time.