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Basel
Basel
(/ˈbɑːzəl/; also Basle /bɑːl/; German: Basel
Basel
[ˈbaːzl̩]; French: Bâle [bɑːl]; Italian: Basilea [baziˈlɛːa]) is a city in northwestern Switzerland
Switzerland
on the river Rhine. Basel
Basel
is Switzerland's third-most-populous city (after Zürich
Zürich
and Geneva) with about 175,000 inhabitants.[3] Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel
Basel
also has suburbs in France
France
and Germany. In 2014, the Basel
Basel
agglomeration was the third largest in Switzerland
Switzerland
with a population of 537,100[4] in 74 municipalities in Switzerland
Switzerland
and an additional 53 in neighboring countries (municipal count as of 2000).[5] The official language of Basel
Basel
is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect. The city is known for its many internationally renowned museums, ranging from the Kunstmuseum, the first collection of art accessible to the public in Europe (1661) and the largest museum of art in the whole of Switzerland, to the Fondation Beyeler
Fondation Beyeler
(located in Riehen). The University of Basel, founded in 1460, Switzerland's oldest university and the city's centuries long commitment to humanism, have made Basel
Basel
a safe haven during times of political unrest in other parts of Europe to the likes of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Holbein family, and more recently also to Hermann Hesse
Hermann Hesse
and Karl Jaspers. Basel
Basel
has been the seat of a Prince-Bishopric since the 11th century, and joined the Swiss Confederacy in 1501. The city has been a commercial hub and important cultural centre since the Renaissance, and has emerged as a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in the 20th century. In 1897, the city was chosen as the location for the first World Zionist Congress
World Zionist Congress
by Theodor Herzl, and all together the congress has taken place in Basel
Basel
for ten times over a time span of 50 years, more than in any other city in the world. The city is also home to the worldwide seat of the Bank for International Settlements. Today the city of Basel, together with two other Swiss cities Zürich and Geneva, is counted among the cities with the highest standards of living in the world.[6]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 Prince-Bishopric of Basel 1.3 As a member state in the Swiss Confederacy 1.4 Modern history 1.5 Basel
Basel
as a historical, international meeting place

2 Name 3 Geography and climate

3.1 Topography 3.2 Climate

4 Politics

4.1 Canton 4.2 City

4.2.1 Quarters

4.3 Coat of arms 4.4 Government 4.5 Parliament 4.6 Federal elections

4.6.1 National Council 4.6.2 Council of States

4.7 International relations

4.7.1 Twin towns and sister cities

5 Demographics

5.1 Population

5.1.1 Historical population

5.2 Language 5.3 Religion

6 Infrastructure

6.1 Quarters 6.2 Transport

6.2.1 Port 6.2.2 Air transport 6.2.3 Railways 6.2.4 Roads 6.2.5 Ferries 6.2.6 Public transport 6.2.7 Border crossings

6.3 Health 6.4 Energy

7 Economy

7.1 Chemical industry 7.2 Banking 7.3 Air 7.4 Media 7.5 Trade fairs

8 Education

8.1 Universities 8.2 Volksschule 8.3 Upper secondary school 8.4 International schools 8.5 Libraries

9 Culture

9.1 Main sights

9.1.1 Heritage sites

9.2 Theatre and music 9.3 Museums 9.4 Events 9.5 Cuisine 9.6 Zoo 9.7 Sport 9.8 Picture gallery

10 Notes and references

10.1 Notes 10.2 References 10.3 Bibliography

11 External links

History[edit] See also: Timeline of Basel Early history[edit]

Roman foundation and medieval wall, at the site of Basel
Basel
oppidum

There are settlement traces on the Rhine
Rhine
knee from the early La Tène period (5th century BC). In the 2nd century BC, there was a village of the Raurici
Raurici
at the site of Basel-Gasfabrik, to the northwest of the Old City, likely identical with the town of Arialbinnum mentioned on the Tabula Peutingeriana.[7] The unfortified settlement was abandoned in the 1st century BC in favour of an oppidum on the site of Basel Minster, probably in reaction to the Roman invasion of Gaul. In Roman Gaul, Augusta Raurica
Augusta Raurica
was established some 20 km from Basel
Basel
as the regional administrative centre, while a castra (castle) was built on the site of the Celtic oppidum. The city of Basel eventually grew around the castle. In AD 83, Basel
Basel
was incorporated into the Roman province
Roman province
of Germania Superior. Roman control over the area deteriorated in the 3rd century, and Basel
Basel
became an outpost of the Provincia Maxima Sequanorum
Provincia Maxima Sequanorum
formed by Diocletian. The Germanic confederation of the Alemanni
Alemanni
attempted to cross the Rhine
Rhine
several times in the 4th century, but were repelled, one such event being the Battle of Solicinium (368). However, in the great invasion of AD 406, the Alemanni
Alemanni
appear to have crossed the Rhine river a final time, conquering and then settling what is today Alsace and a large part of the Swiss Plateau. From this time, Basel
Basel
has been an Alemannic settlement. The Duchy of Alemannia
Duchy of Alemannia
fell under Frankish rule in the 6th century, and by the 7th century, the former bishopric of Augusta Raurica
Augusta Raurica
was re-established as the Bishopric of Basel. Based on the evidence of a third solidus with the inscription Basilia fit, Basel
Basel
seems to have minted its own coins in the 7th century.[8] Under bishop Haito, the first cathedral was built on the site of the Roman castle, later replaced by a Romanesque structure consecrated in 1019. At the partition of the Carolingian Empire, Basel
Basel
was first given to West Francia, but passed to East Francia
Francia
with the treaty of Meerssen of 870. The city was plundered and destroyed by a Magyar invasion
Magyar invasion
of 917. The rebuilt city became part of Upper Burgundy, and as such was incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
in 1032. Prince-Bishopric of Basel[edit] Main article: Prince-Bishopric of Basel

Basel
Basel
Minster, built between 1019 and 1500

Since the donation by Rudolph III of Burgundy[9] of the Moutier-Grandval Abbey
Moutier-Grandval Abbey
and all its possessions to Bishop Adalbero II in 999 till the Reformation, Basel
Basel
was ruled by prince-bishops (see Bishop of Basel,[10] whose memory is preserved in the crosier shown on the Basel
Basel
coat-of-arms – see above). In 1019, the construction of the cathedral of Basel
Basel
(known locally as the Münster) began under Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor.[11] In 1225–1226, a bridge, now known as the Middle Bridge, was constructed by Bishop Heinrich von Thun
Thun
and Lesser Basel
Basel
(Kleinbasel) founded as a bridgehead to protect the bridge. The bridge was largely funded by Basel's Jewish community which had settled there a century earlier.[12] For many centuries to come Basel
Basel
possessed the only permanent bridge over the river "between Lake Constance
Lake Constance
and the sea". The Bishop also allowed the furriers to establish a guild in 1226. Eventually about 15 guilds were established in the 13th century. They increased the town's, and hence the bishop's, reputation, influence, and income from the taxes and duties on goods in Basel's expanding market.[12] In 1347, the plague came to Europe but did not reach Basel
Basel
until June 1349. The guilds, asserting that the Jews were responsible—several had been tortured and confessed—demanded they be executed, which the Council did in January 1349, except for a few who escaped to Alsace.[12] During the Basel
Basel
massacre, 600 Jews were murdered. They were shackled inside a wooden barn on an island in the Rhine, which was set afire. The few survivors - young orphans - were forcibly converted to Christianity. The council then forbade Jews in Basel
Basel
for 200 years, except that their money was helpful in rebuilding after the Basel
Basel
earthquake of 1356 which destroyed much of the city along with a number of castles in the vicinity. The city offered courts to nobles as an alternative to rebuilding their castles, in exchange for the nobles' military protection of the city.

1493 woodcut of Basle, from the Nuremberg Chronicle

In 1412 (or earlier), the well-known guesthouse Zum Goldenen Sternen was established. Basel
Basel
became the focal point of western Christendom during the 15th century Council of Basel
Council of Basel
(1431–1449), including the 1439 election of antipope Felix V. In 1459, Pope Pius II
Pope Pius II
endowed the University of Basel
University of Basel
where such notables as Erasmus of Rotterdam
Erasmus of Rotterdam
and Paracelsus
Paracelsus
later taught. At the same time the new craft of printing was introduced to Basel
Basel
by apprentices of Johann Gutenberg. The Schwabe publishing house was founded in 1488 by Johannes Petri
Johannes Petri
and is the oldest publishing house still in business. Johann Froben
Johann Froben
also operated his printing house in Basel
Basel
and was notable for publishing works by Erasmus.[13] In 1495, Basel
Basel
was incorporated in the Upper Rhenish Imperial Circle; the Bishop of Basel
Basel
was added to the Bench of the Ecclesiastical Princes. In 1500 the construction of the Basel Münster was finished. In 1521 so was the bishop. The Council, under the supremacy of the guilds, explained that henceforth they would only give allegiance to the Swiss Confederation, to whom the bishop appealed but in vain.[12] As a member state in the Swiss Confederacy[edit] Main article: Canton of Basel

Map of Basel
Basel
in 1642, engraved by Matthäus Merian, oriented with SW at the top and NE at the bottom.

The city had remained neutral through the Swabian War
Swabian War
of 1499 despite being plundered by soldiers on both sides. The Treaty of Basel
Basel
ended the war and granted the Swiss confederates exemptions from the emperor Maximillian's taxes and jurisdictions, separating Switzerland
Switzerland
de facto from the Holy Roman Empire.[14] On 9 June 1501, Basel
Basel
joined the Swiss Confederation as its eleventh canton.[15] It was the only canton that had been asked to join, not the other way round. Basel
Basel
had a strategic location, good relations with Strasbourg
Strasbourg
and Mulhouse, and control of the corn imports from Alsace, whereas the Swiss lands were becoming overpopulated and had few resources. A provision of the Charter accepting Basel
Basel
required that in conflicts among the other cantons it was to stay neutral and offer its services for mediation.[16][17] In 1503, the new bishop Christoph von Utenheim refused to give Basel
Basel
a new constitution whereupon, to show its power, the city began the construction of a new city hall.[12] In 1529, the city became Protestant under Oecolampadius and the bishop's seat was moved to Porrentruy. The bishop's crook was however retained as the city's coat of arms. For the centuries to come, a handful of wealthy families collectively referred to as the "Daig" played a pivotal role in city affairs as they gradually established themselves as a de facto city aristocracy. The first edition of Christianae religionis institutio (Institutes of the Christian Religion – John Calvin's great exposition of Calvinist doctrine) was published at Basel
Basel
in March 1536.[18] In 1544, Johann von Brugge, a rich Dutch Protestant refugee, was given citizenship and lived respectfully until his death in 1556 then buried with honors. His body was exhumed and burnt at the stake in 1559 after it was discovered that he was the Anabaptist David Joris.[12] In 1543, De humani corporis fabrica, the first book on human anatomy, was published and printed in Basel
Basel
by Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564).[19] There are indications Joachim Meyer, author of the influential 16th-century martial arts text Kunst des Fechten ("The Art of Fencing"), came from Basel. In 1662 the Amerbaschsches Kabinett was established in Basel
Basel
as the first public museum of art. Its collection became the core of the later Basel
Basel
Museum of Art. The Bernoulli family, which included important 17th- and 18th-century mathematicians such as Jakob Bernoulli, Johann Bernoulli
Johann Bernoulli
and Daniel Bernoulli, were from Basel. The 18th-century mathematician Leonhard Euler was born in Basel
Basel
and studied under Johann Bernoulli. Modern history[edit] In 1792, the Republic of Rauracia, a revolutionary French client republic, was created. It lasted until 1793.[20] After three years of political agitation and a short civil war in 1833 the disadvantaged countryside seceded from the Canton of Basel, forming the half canton of Basel-Landschaft.[21] On 3 July 1874, Switzerland's first zoo (the Zoo Basel) opened its doors in the south of the city towards Binningen.

Second World Zionist Congress
World Zionist Congress
in Basel, 1898 (Stadtcasino)

In 1897 the first World Zionist Congress
World Zionist Congress
was held in Basel. Altogether the World Zionist Congress
World Zionist Congress
took place in Basel
Basel
for ten times, more than in any other city in the world.[22] On 16 November 1938, the psychedelic drug LSD
LSD
was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann
Albert Hofmann
at Sandoz
Sandoz
Laboratories in Basel. Basel
Basel
as a historical, international meeting place[edit] Basel
Basel
has often been the site of peace negotiations and other international meetings. The Treaty of Basel (1499) ended the Swabian War. Two years later Basel
Basel
joined the Swiss Confederation. The Peace of Basel
Basel
in 1795 between the French Republic and Prussia and Spain ended the First Coalition
First Coalition
against France
France
during the French Revolutionary Wars. In more recent times, the World Zionist Organization held its first congress in Basel
Basel
from August 29 through August 31, 1897. Because of the Balkan Wars, the (Socialist) Second International held an extraordinary congress at Basel
Basel
in 1912. In 1989, the Basel Convention
Basel Convention
was opened for signature with the aim of preventing the export of hazardous waste from wealthy to developing nations for disposal. Name[edit] The name of Basel
Basel
is derived from the Roman-era toponym Basilia, first recorded in the 3rd century. It is presumably derived from the personal Greek name Basilius.[23] The Old French form Basle was adopted into English, and developed into the modern French Bâle. The Icelandic name Buslaraborg goes back to the 12th century Leiðarvísir og borgarskipan chronicle. Geography and climate[edit] Topography[edit]

Basel
Basel
(in the upper left corner) as seen from Bettingen
Bettingen
(television tower St. Chrischona) facing France

Basel
Basel
has an area, as of 2009[update], of 23.91 square kilometers (9.23 sq mi). Of this area, 0.95 km2 (0.37 sq mi) or 4.0% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.88 km2 (0.34 sq mi) or 3.7% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 20.67 km2 (7.98 sq mi) or 86.4% is settled (buildings or roads), 1.45 km2 (0.56 sq mi) or 6.1% is either rivers or lakes.[24] Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 10.2% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 40.7% and transportation infrastructure made up 24.0%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 2.7% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 8.9%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 2.5% is used for growing crops and 1.3% is pastures. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.[24] Climate[edit] Under the Köppen climate classification, Basel
Basel
features a temperate oceanic (Köppen: Cfb) climate.[25] The city averages 120.4 days of rain or snow annually and on average receives 842 mm (33.1 in) of precipitation. The wettest month is May during which time Basel
Basel
receives an average of 99 mm (3.9 in) of rain. The month with the most days of precipitation is also May, with an average of 12.4 days. The driest month of the year is February with an average of 45 mm (1.8 in) of precipitation over 8.4 days.[26]

Climate data for Basel/Binningen (1981–2010)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 4.5 (40.1) 6.4 (43.5) 11.2 (52.2) 15.2 (59.4) 19.6 (67.3) 22.9 (73.2) 25.3 (77.5) 24.7 (76.5) 20.3 (68.5) 15.2 (59.4) 8.7 (47.7) 5.2 (41.4) 14.9 (58.8)

Daily mean °C (°F) 1.6 (34.9) 2.7 (36.9) 6.8 (44.2) 10.0 (50) 14.2 (57.6) 17.4 (63.3) 19.7 (67.5) 19.1 (66.4) 15.1 (59.2) 10.9 (51.6) 5.5 (41.9) 2.6 (36.7) 10.5 (50.9)

Average low °C (°F) −1.1 (30) −0.5 (31.1) 2.5 (36.5) 5.1 (41.2) 9.2 (48.6) 12.4 (54.3) 14.5 (58.1) 14.2 (57.6) 10.9 (51.6) 7.4 (45.3) 2.7 (36.9) 0.1 (32.2) 6.5 (43.7)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 47 (1.85) 45 (1.77) 55 (2.17) 64 (2.52) 99 (3.9) 86 (3.39) 91 (3.58) 80 (3.15) 78 (3.07) 73 (2.87) 59 (2.32) 66 (2.6) 842 (33.15)

Average snowfall cm (inches) 8.9 (3.5) 11.5 (4.53) 4.6 (1.81) 0.7 (0.28) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.1 (0.04) 2.6 (1.02) 8.5 (3.35) 36.9 (14.53)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 9.3 8.4 9.8 10.2 12.4 10.9 10.2 9.9 8.8 10.1 10.0 10.4 120.4

Average snowy days (≥ 1.0 cm) 3.0 2.9 1.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.0 2.6 11.1

Average relative humidity (%) 81 76 70 68 72 71 70 72 77 81 82 82 75

Mean monthly sunshine hours 71 86 125 153 176 196 224 210 159 113 71 54 1,637

Percent possible sunshine 28 31 35 39 39 42 48 50 44 35 27 22 38

Source: MeteoSwiss [26]

Politics[edit] The city of Basel
Basel
functions as the capital of the Swiss half-canton of Basel-Stadt, though several of its suburbs are located in the half-canton of Basel-Landschaft
Basel-Landschaft
or the canton of Aargau. Others are even located in France
France
and Germany. Canton[edit] The canton Basel-Stadt
Basel-Stadt
consists of three municipalities: Riehen, Bettingen, and the city Basel
Basel
itself. The political structure and agencies of the city and the canton are identical. City[edit] Quarters[edit]

Schöneck (German, "Beautiful Corner") Fountain from 1770 (rebuilt) on St. Alban-Vorstadt

The city itself has 19 quarters:

Grossbasel (Greater Basel):

1 Altstadt Grossbasel 2 Vorstädte 3 Am Ring 4 Breite 5 St. Alban 6 Gundeldingen 7 Bruderholz 8 Bachletten 9 Gotthelf 10 Iselin 11 St. Johann

Kleinbasel (Lesser Basel):

12 Altstadt Kleinbasel 13 Clara 14 Wettstein 15 Hirzbrunnen 16 Rosental 17 Matthäus 18 Klybeck 19 Kleinhüningen

Coat of arms[edit] The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is In Silber ein schwarzer Baselstab.[27] Government[edit] The canton's executive, the Executive Council (Regierungsrat), consists of seven members for a mandate period of 4 years. They are elected by any inhabitant valid to vote on the same day as the parliament, but by means of a system of Majorz, and operates as a collegiate authority. The president (German: Regierungspräsident(in)) is elected as such by a public election while the heads of the other departments are assigned by the collegiate. Current president is Dr. Guy Morin. The executive body holds its meetings in the red Town Hall (German: Rathaus) on the central Marktplatz. The building was built in 1504–1514. As of 2016[update], Basel's Executive Council is made up of three representatives of the SP (Social Democratic Party), and one member each of Green Alliance of Basel
Basel
(GB) (who is the president), FDP (Free Democratic Party), LDP (Liberal-Demokratische Partei of Basel), and CVP (Christian Democratic Party), giving the left parties a combined four out of seven seats.[28] The last election was held on 23 October and 27 November 2016.[29]

The Regierungsrat of Basel[28] for the mandate period 2017–2021

Councilor (Regierungsrat/ -rätin) Party Head of Office (Departement, since) of

elected since

Elisabeth Ackermann[RR 1]      GB President's Office (Präsidialdepartement (PD), 2017) 2016

Dr. Eva Herzog[RR 2]      SP Finance (Finanzdepartement (FD), 2005) 2004

Baschi Dürr      FDP Justice and Security (Justiz- und Sicherheitsdepartement (JSD), 2013) 2012

Christoph Brutschin      SP Economics, Social Services, and Environment (Departement für Wirtschaft, Soziales und Umwelt (WSU), 2009) 2008

Conradin Cramer      LDP Education (Erziehungsdepartement (ED), 2017) 2016

Dr. Hans-Peter Wessels      SP Construction and Transportation (Bau- und Verkehrsdepartement (BVD), 2009) 2008

Dr. Lukas Engelberger      CVP Health (Gesundheitsdepartement (GD), June 2014) June 2014

^ President (Regierungspräsidentin) ^ Vice President (Vizepräsidentin) since June 2014

Barbara Schüpbach-Guggenbühlis is State Chronicler (Staatsschreiberin) since 2009, and Marco Greiner is Head of Communication (Regierungssprecher) and Vice State Chronicler (Vizestaatsschreiber) since 2007 for the Executive Council. Parliament[edit]

Grosser Rat of Basel
Basel
for the mandate period of 2017-2021   SP (35%)   GB (13%)   GLP (3%)   EVP (1%)   CVP (7%)   LDP (15%)   FDP (10%)   AB (1%)   SVP (15%)

The parliament, the Grand Council of Basel-Stadt
Basel-Stadt
(Grosser Rat), consists of 100 seats, with members (called in German: Grossrat/Grossrätin) elected every 4 years. The sessions of the Grand Council are public. Unlike the members of the Executive Council, the members of the Grand Council are not politicians by profession, but they are paid a fee based on their attendance. Any resident of Basel allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the parliament. The delegates are elected by means of a system of Proporz, and political parties must have surpassed an election quorum of 4% per election district in order to enter the council, but this will end with the next election in 2020.[30] The legislative body holds its meetings in the red Town Hall (Rathaus). The last election was held on 23 October 2016 for the mandate period (Legislatur) of 2017–2021.[29] As of 1 February 2017[update], the Grand Council consist of 35 members of the Social Democratic Party (SP), 15 members of the Swiss People's Party (SVP), 13 Grünes Bündnis (GB) (a collaboration of the Green Party (GPS), its junior party, and Basels starke Alternative (BastA!)), 15 Liberal-Demokratische Partei (LDP) and its junior party, 10 The Liberals (FDP) and its junior party, the representative of the Aktive Bettingen
Bettingen
(AB) is associated to the parliamentary group (Fraktion) of the FDP, 8 (7/1) Christian Democratic People's Party (CVP)/Evangelical People's Party (EVP), and 3 Green Liberal Party (GLP).[31] The left parties miss an absolute majority by two seats. Federal elections[edit] National Council[edit] On 18 October 2015, in the federal election the most popular party was the Social Democratic Party (SP) which received two seats with 33.5% of the votes. The next three most popular parties were the FDP (21.4%), the SVP (17.6%), and the Green Party (GPS) (11.2%), each with one seat. In the federal election, a total of 57,304 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 50.4%.[32]

National Councilors (Nationalrat/ -rätin) of Basle-Town[33]

Councilor Party part of the National Council since no. of votes

Beat Jans      SP 2010 23,149

Silvia Schenker      SP 2003 20,779

Sebastian Frehner      SVP 2010 11,404

Christoph Eymann      LDP 2015 (1991 – 2001) 11,216

Sibel Arslan      GPS 2015 7,233

Council of States[edit] On 18 October 2015, in the federal election State Councilor (German: Ständerätin) Anita Fetz, member of the Social Democratic Party      (SP), was re-elected in the first round as single representative of the canton of Basel-Stadt
Basel-Stadt
in the national Council of States (German: Ständerat) with an absolute majority of 35'842 votes. She has been a member of it since 2003.[34] International relations[edit] Twin towns and sister cities[edit] Basel
Basel
has two sister cities and a twinning among two states:[35]

Shanghai, China, since 2007[35] US State Massachusetts, since 2002[35] Miami Beach, US, since 2011[35]

Demographics[edit] Population[edit]

Largest groups of foreign residents 2013

Nationality Amount % total (foreigners)

 Germany 15,403 7.9 (22.8)

 Italy 8,112 4.2 (12.0)

 Turkey 6,594 3.4 (9.8)

 Serbia (incl. Monten. and Kosovo) 4,554 2.3 (6.7)

 Spain 3,365 1.7 (5.0)

 Portugal 3,197 1.6 (4.7)

 Republic of Macedonia 2,252 1.2 (3.3)

 United Kingdom 2,153 1.1 (3.2)

 India 1,817 0.9 (2.7)

 France 1,649 0.8 (2.4)

 USA 1,443 0.7 (2.1)

 Austria 1,179 0.6 (1.7)

Basel
Basel
has a population (as of January 2017[update]) of 175,940.[2] As of 2015[update], 35.5% of the population are resident foreign nationals.[36] Over the last 10 years (1999–2009 ) the population has changed at a rate of -0.3%. It has changed at a rate of 3.2% due to migration and at a rate of -3% due to births and deaths.[37] Of the population in the municipality 58,560 or about 35.2% were born in Basel
Basel
and lived there in 2000. There were 1,396 or 0.8% who were born in the same canton, while 44,874 or 26.9% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 53,774 or 32.3% were born outside of Switzerland.[38] In 2008[update] there were 898 live births to Swiss citizens and 621 births to non-Swiss citizens, and in same time span there were 1,732 deaths of Swiss citizens and 175 non-Swiss citizen deaths. Ignoring immigration and emigration, the population of Swiss citizens decreased by 834 while the foreign population increased by 446. There were 207 Swiss men and 271 Swiss women who emigrated from Switzerland. At the same time, there were 1756 non-Swiss men and 1655 non-Swiss women who immigrated from another country to Switzerland. The total Swiss population change in 2008 (from all sources, including moves across municipal borders) was an increase of 278 and the non-Swiss population increased by 1138 people. This represents a population growth rate of 0.9%.[39] As of 2000[update], there were 70,502 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 70,517 married individuals, 12,435 widows or widowers and 13,104 individuals who are divorced.[38] As of 2000[update] the average number of residents per living room was 0.59 which is about equal to the cantonal average of 0.58 per room.[37] In this case, a room is defined as space of a housing unit of at least 4 m2 (43 sq ft) as normal bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, kitchens and habitable cellars and attics.[40]:18v About 10.5% of the total households were owner occupied, or in other words did not pay rent (though they may have a mortgage or a rent-to-own agreement).[40]:17 As of 2000[update], there were 86,371 private households in the municipality, and an average of 1.8 persons per household.[37] There were 44,469 households that consist of only one person and 2,842 households with five or more people. Out of a total of 88,646 households that answered this question, 50.2% were households made up of just one person and there were 451 adults who lived with their parents. Of the rest of the households, there are 20,472 married couples without children, 14,554 married couples with children There were 4,318 single parents with a child or children. There were 2,107 households that were made up of unrelated people and 2,275 households that were made up of some sort of institution or another collective housing.[38] In 2000[update] there were 5,747 single family homes (or 30.8% of the total) out of a total of 18,631 inhabited buildings. There were 7,642 multi-family buildings (41.0%), along with 4,093 multi-purpose buildings that were mostly used for housing (22.0%) and 1,149 other use buildings (commercial or industrial) that also had some housing (6.2%). Of the single family homes 1090 were built before 1919, while 65 were built between 1990 and 2000. The greatest number of single family homes (3,474) were built between 1919 and 1945.[41] In 2000[update] there were 96,640 apartments in the municipality. The most common apartment size was 3 rooms of which there were 35,958. There were 11,957 single room apartments and 9,702 apartments with five or more rooms. Of these apartments, a total of 84,675 apartments (87.6% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 7,916 apartments (8.2%) were seasonally occupied and 4,049 apartments (4.2%) were empty.[41] As of 2009[update], the construction rate of new housing units was 2.6 new units per 1000 residents.[37] As of 2003[update] the average price to rent an average apartment in Basel
Basel
was 1118.60 Swiss francs (CHF) per month (US$890, £500, €720 approx. exchange rate from 2003). The average rate for a one-room apartment was 602.27 CHF (US$480, £270, €390), a two-room apartment was about 846.52 CHF (US$680, £380, €540), a three-room apartment was about 1054.14 CHF (US$840, £470, €670) and a six or more room apartment cost an average of 2185.24 CHF (US$1750, £980, €1400). The average apartment price in Basel
Basel
was 100.2% of the national average of 1116 CHF.[42] The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010[update], was 0.74%.[37] Historical population[edit]

Historical population

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1850 27,844 —    

1860 38,692 +3.34%

1870 44,868 +1.49%

1880 61,737 +3.24%

1888 71,131 +1.79%

1900 109,161 +3.63%

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1910 132,276 +1.94%

1920 135,976 +0.28%

1930 148,063 +0.86%

1941 162,105 +0.83%

1950 183,543 +1.39%

1960 206,746 +1.20%

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1970 212,857 +0.29%

1980 182,143 −1.55%

1990 178,428 −0.21%

2000 166,558 −0.69%

2009 165,489 −0.07%

Source: [43]

Language[edit] Most of the population (as of 2000[update]) speaks German (129,592 or 77.8%), with Italian being second most common (9,049 or 5.4%) and French being third (4,280 or 2.6%). There are 202 persons who speak Romansh.[38] Religion[edit]

The main synagogue of Basel

From the 2000 census[update], 41,916 or 25.2% were Roman Catholic, while 39,180 or 23.5% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 4,567 members of an Orthodox church (or about 2.74% of the population), there were 459 individuals (or about 0.28% of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic Church, and there were 3,464 individuals (or about 2.08% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 12,368 individuals (or about 7.43% of the population) who were Islamic. There were 1,325 individuals (or about 0.80% of the population) who were Jewish, however only members of religious institutions are counted as such by the municipality, which makes the actual number of people of Jewish descent living in Basel
Basel
considerably higher. There were 746 individuals who were Buddhist, 947 individuals who were Hindu and 485 individuals who belonged to another church. 52,321 (or about 31.41% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 8,780 individuals (or about 5.27% of the population) did not answer the question.[38] Infrastructure[edit] Quarters[edit] Basel
Basel
is subdivided into 19 quarters (Quartiere). The municipalities of Riehen
Riehen
and Bettingen, outside the city limits of Basel, are included in the canton of Basel-Stadt
Basel-Stadt
as rural quarters (Landquartiere).

Quartier Area Population March 2012[44] Population Density people/km2

Altstadt Grossbasel (historic city) 37.63 2,044 5,431.8

Vorstädte (historical suburbs) 89.66 4,638 5,172.9

Am Ring 90.98 10,512 11,554.2

Breite 68.39 8,655 12,655.4

St. Alban 294.46 10,681 3,633

Gundeldingen 123.19 18,621 15,140

Bruderholz 259.61 9,006 3,477

Bachletten 151.39 13,330 8,830

Gotthelf 46.62 6,784 14,551.7

Iselin 109.82 16,181 14,840

St. Johann 223.90 18,560 8,323

Altstadt Kleinbasel (historic city) 24.21 2,276 9,401

Clara 23.66 4,043 17,088

Wettstein 75.44 5,386 7,139.4

Hirzbrunnen 305.32 8,676 2,845

Rosental 64.33 5,180 8,052

Mattäus 59.14 16,056 27,149.1

Klybeck 91.19 7,234 7,932.9

Kleinhüningen 136.11 2,772 2,038

City
City
of Basel 2275.05 175,940[2] 7,751

Bettingen 222.69 1,186[2] 539

Riehen 1086.10 21,123[2] 1,956

Canton of Basel-Stadt 3583.84 198,249[2] 5,538

Transport[edit] Basel's airport is set up for airfreight; heavy goods reach the city and the heart of continental Europe from the North Sea
North Sea
by ship along the Rhine. The main European routes for the highway and railway transport of freight cross in Basel. The outstanding location benefits logistics corporations, which operate globally from Basel. Trading firms are traditionally well represented in the Basel
Basel
Region.[citation needed] Port[edit]

The Rhine
Rhine
in Basel

Basel
Basel
has Switzerland's only cargo port, through which goods pass along the navigable stretches of the Rhine
Rhine
and connect to ocean-going ships at the port of Rotterdam. Air transport[edit] EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
is operated jointly by two countries, France
France
and Switzerland, although the airport is located completely on French soil. The airport itself is split into two architecturally independent sectors, one half serving the French side and the other half serving the Swiss side; prior to Schengen there was an immigration inspection point at the middle of the airport so that people could "emigrate" to the other side of the airport. Railways[edit]

Basel
Basel
Bahnhof SBB, self-proclaimed "world's first international railway station."

Basel
Basel
has long held an important place as a rail hub. Three railway stations — those of the German, French and Swiss networks — lie within the city (although the Swiss ( Basel
Basel
SBB) and French (Bâle SNCF) stations are actually in the same complex, separated by Customs and Immigration
Immigration
facilities). Basel Badischer Bahnhof
Basel Badischer Bahnhof
is on the opposite side of the city. Basel's local rail services are supplied by the Basel
Basel
Regional S-Bahn. The largest goods railway complex of the country[citation needed] is located just outside the city, spanning the municipalities of Muttenz
Muttenz
and Pratteln. The new highspeed ICE railway line from Karlsruhe to Basel
Basel
was completed in 2008 while phase I of the TGV Rhin-Rhône line, opened in December 2011, has reduced travel time from Basel
Basel
to Paris to about 3 hours.[45] Roads[edit] Basel
Basel
is located on the A3 motorway. Within the city limits, five bridges connect Greater and Lesser Basel (downstream):

Schwarzwaldbrücke (built 1972) Wettsteinbrücke (current structure built 1998, original bridge built 1879) Mittlere Rheinbrücke (current structure built 1905, original bridge built 1225 as the first bridge to cross the Rhine
Rhine
River) Johanniterbrücke (built 1967) Dreirosenbrücke (built 2004, original bridge built 1935)

Ferries[edit] A somewhat anachronistic yet still widely used system of reaction ferry boats links the two shores. There are four ferries, each situated approximately midway between two bridges. Each is attached by a cable to a block that rides along another cable spanning the river at a height of 20 or 30 metres. To cross the river, the ferryman orients the boat around 45° from the current so that the current pushes the boat across the river. This form of transportation is therefore completely hydraulically driven, requiring no outside energy source. [2]

Cable ferry across the Rhine
Rhine
in Basel

Public transport[edit]

Basel
Basel
tram network

Basel
Basel
has an extensive public transportation network serving the city and connecting to surrounding suburbs, including a large tram network. The green-colored local trams and buses are operated by the Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB). The yellow-colored buses and trams are operated by the Baselland Transport
Baselland Transport
(BLT), and connect areas in the nearby half-canton of Baselland to central Basel. The BVB also shares commuter bus lines in cooperation with transit authorities in the neighboring Alsace
Alsace
region in France
France
and Baden
Baden
region in Germany. The Basel
Basel
Regional S-Bahn, the commuter rail network connecting to suburbs surrounding the city, is jointly operated by SBB, SNCF
SNCF
and DB. Border crossings[edit] Basel
Basel
is located at the meeting point of France, Germany
Germany
and Switzerland; because it is so near other countries and is beyond the Jura Mountains, many within the Swiss military
Swiss military
reportedly believe that the city is indefensible during wartime.[46] It has numerous road and rail crossings between Switzerland
Switzerland
and the other two countries. With Switzerland
Switzerland
joining the Schengen Area
Schengen Area
on 12 December 2008, immigration checks were no longer carried out at the crossings. However, Switzerland
Switzerland
did not join the European Union Customs Union
European Union Customs Union
(though it did join the EU Single Market) and customs checks are still conducted at or near the crossings.

Basel
Basel
tram

France- Switzerland
Switzerland
(from east to west)

Road crossings (with French road name continuation)

Kohlenstrasse (Avenue de Bâle, Huningue). This crossing replaces the former crossing Hüningerstrasse further east. Elsässerstrasse (Avenue de Bâle, Saint-Louis) Autobahn A3 (A35 autoroute, Saint-Louis) EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
– pedestrian walkway between the French and Swiss sections on Level 3 (departures) of airport. Burgfelderstrasse (Rue du 1er Mars, Saint Louis)

Railway crossing

Basel
Basel
SBB railway station

Germany- Switzerland
Switzerland
(clockwise, from north to south)

Road crossings (with German road name continuation)

Hiltalingerstrasse (Zollstraße, Weil am Rhein). Tram 8 goes along this road to Weil am Rhein. The extension opened in 2014; it used to end before the border.[47] Autobahn A2 (Autobahn A5, Weil am Rhein) Freiburgerstrasse (Baslerstraße, Weil am Rhein) Weilstrasse, Riehen
Riehen
(Haupstraße, Weil am Rhein) Lörracherstrasse, Riehen
Riehen
(Baslerstraße, Stetten, Lörrach) Inzlingerstrasse, Riehen
Riehen
(Riehenstraße, Inzlingen) Grenzacherstrasse (Hörnle, Grenzach-Wyhlen)

Railway crossing

Between Basel
Basel
SBB and Basel Badischer Bahnhof
Basel Badischer Bahnhof
Basel
Basel
Badischer Bahnhof, and all other railway property and stations on the right bank of the Rhine
Rhine
belong to DB and are classed as German customs territory. Immigration
Immigration
and customs checks are conducted at the platform exit tunnel for passengers leaving trains here.

Additionally there are many footpaths and cycle tracks crossing the border between Basel
Basel
and Germany. Health[edit]

University Children's hospital Basel

As the biggest town in the Northwest of Switzerland
Switzerland
numerous public and private health centres are located in Basel. Among others the Universitätsspital Basel
Basel
as well as the Universitätskinderspital Basel. The anthroposophical health institute Klinik-Arlesheim (formerly known as Lukas-Klinik and Ita-Wegman-Klinik) are both located in the Basel
Basel
area as well. Private health centres include the Bethesda Spital and the Merian Iselin Klinik. Additionally the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute is located in Basel
Basel
too.

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Energy[edit] Basel
Basel
is at the forefront of a national vision to more than halve energy use in Switzerland
Switzerland
by 2050. In order to research, develop and commercialise the technologies and techniques required for the country to become a '2000 Watt society', a number of projects have been set up since 2001 in the Basel
Basel
metropolitan area. These including demonstration buildings constructed to MINERGIE or Passivhaus standards, electricity generation from renewable energy sources,[48] and vehicles using natural gas, hydrogen and biogas.[49] A building construction law was passed in 2002 also which stated that all new flat roofs must be greened leading to Basel
Basel
becoming the world’s leading green roof city. This was driven by an energy saving programme.[50] A hot dry rock geothermal energy project was cancelled in 2009 since it caused induced seismicity in Basel. Economy[edit]

Novartis
Novartis
Campus Basel

The city of Basel, located in the heart of the tri-border region (called Dreiländereck) is one of the most dynamic economic regions of Switzerland. As of 2016[update], Basel
Basel
had an unemployment rate of 3.7%.[3] As of 2008[update], there were 18 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 9 businesses involved in this sector. 34,645 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 1,176 businesses in this sector. 120,130 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 8,908 businesses in this sector.[37] There were 82,449 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 46.2% of the workforce. In 2008[update] the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 130,988. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 13, of which 10 were in agriculture and 4 were in forestry or lumber production. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 33,171 of which 24,848 or (74.9%) were in manufacturing, 10 were in mining and 7,313 (22.0%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 97,804. In the tertiary sector; 12,880 or 13.2% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 11,959 or 12.2% were in the movement and storage of goods, 6,120 or 6.3% were in a hotel or restaurant, 4,186 or 4.3% were in the information industry, 10,752 or 11.0% were the insurance or financial industry, 13,695 or 14.0% were technical professionals or scientists, 6,983 or 7.1% were in education and 16,060 or 16.4% were in health care.[51] In 2000[update], there were 121,842 workers who commuted into the municipality and 19,263 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net importer of workers, with about 6.3 workers entering the municipality for every one leaving. About 23.9% of the workforce coming into Basel
Basel
are coming from outside Switzerland, while 1.0% of the locals commute out of Switzerland
Switzerland
for work.[52] Of the working population, 49.2% used public transportation to get to work, and 18.7% used a private car.[37]

Roche Tower Basel
Basel
(highest building in Switzerland)

The Roche Tower, designed by Herzog & de Meuron is 41 floors and 178 metres (584 ft) high, upon its opening in 2015 it has become the tallest building in Switzerland. Basel
Basel
has also Switzerland's third tallest building (Basler Messeturm, 105 m (344 ft)) and Switzerland's tallest tower (St. Chrischona TV tower, 250 m (820 ft)). Chemical industry[edit] The Swiss chemical industry operates largely from Basel, and Basel also has a large pharmaceutical industry. Novartis,[53] Syngenta, Ciba Specialty Chemicals,[54] Clariant,[55] Hoffmann-La Roche,[53] Basilea Pharmaceutica and Actelion
Actelion
are headquartered there. Pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals have become the modern focus of the city's industrial production. Banking[edit] Banking is extremely important to Basel:

UBS AG
UBS AG
maintains central offices in Basel,[56] The Bank for International Settlements
Bank for International Settlements
is located within the city and is the central banker's bank. The bank is controlled by a board of directors, which is composed of the elite central bankers of 11 different countries (US, UK, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden).

According to the BIS, "The choice of Switzerland
Switzerland
for the seat of the BIS was a compromise by those countries that established the BIS: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the United States. When consensus could not be reached on locating the Bank in London, Brussels or Amsterdam, the choice fell on Switzerland. An independent, neutral country, Switzerland
Switzerland
offered the BIS less exposure to undue influence from any of the major powers. Within Switzerland, Basel
Basel
was chosen largely because of its location, with excellent railway connections in all directions, especially important at a time when most international travel was by train."[57] Created in May 1930, the BIS is owned by its member central banks, which are private entities. No agent of the Swiss public authorities may enter the premises without the express consent of the bank.[58] The bank exercises supervision and police power over its premises. The bank enjoys immunity from criminal and administrative jurisdiction[citation needed], as well as setting recommendations which become standard for the world's commercial banking system.

Basel
Basel
is also the location of the Basel
Basel
Committee on Banking Supervision, which is distinct from the BIS. It usually meets at the BIS premises in Basel. Responsible for the Basel
Basel
Accords ( Basel
Basel
I, Basel
Basel
II and Basel
Basel
III), this organization fundamentally changed Risk Management within its industry. Basel
Basel
also hosts the headquarters of the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation, which is active in the field of sustainable infrastructure (financing).

Air[edit] Swiss International Air Lines, the national airline of Switzerland, is headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
in Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, France, near Basel.[59][60][61] Prior to the formation of Swiss International Air Lines, the regional airline Crossair
Crossair
was headquartered near Basel.[62]

Art Basel
Art Basel
(2009)

Media[edit] Basler Zeitung
Basler Zeitung
("BaZ"), TagesWoche and bz Basel
Basel
are the local newspapers. The local TV Station is called telebasel. The German-speaking Swiss Radio and Television SRF company, part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
SRG SSR, holds offices in Basel
Basel
as well. The academic publishers Birkhäuser, Karger and MDPI
MDPI
are based in Basel. Trade fairs[edit] An annual Federal Swiss trade fair (Mustermesse) takes place in Kleinbasel on the right bank of the Rhine
Rhine
since 1917. Other important trade shows include "Baselworld" (watches and jewelry), Art Basel
Art Basel
in Basel, Swissbau and Igeho. Education[edit] Besides Humanism
Humanism
the city of Basel
Basel
has also always been very famous for its achievement in the field of mathematics. Among others the mathematician Leonhard Euler
Leonhard Euler
and the Bernoulli family have done research and been teaching at the local institutions for centuries. In 1910 the Swiss Mathematical Society was founded in the city and in the mid-twentieth century the Russian mathematician Alexander Ostrowski taught at the local university. In 2000 about 57,864 or (34.7%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 27,603 or (16.6%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 27,603 who completed tertiary schooling, 44.4% were Swiss men, 31.1% were Swiss women, 13.9% were non-Swiss men and 10.6% were non-Swiss women.[38] In 2010 11,912 students attended the University of Basel
University of Basel
(55% female). 25% were foreign nationals, 16% were from canton of Basel-Stadt. In 2006 6162 students studied at one of the nine academies of the FHNW (51% female).[63] As of 2000[update], there were 5,820 students in Basel
Basel
who came from another municipality, while 1,116 residents attended schools outside the municipality.[52] Universities[edit]

Inauguration ceremony of the University of Basel, 1460

Basel
Basel
hosts Switzerland's oldest university, the University of Basel, dating from 1460. Erasmus, Paracelsus, Daniel Bernoulli, Leonhard Euler, Jacob Burckhardt, Friedrich Nietzsche, Tadeusz Reichstein, Karl Jaspers, Carl Gustav Jung and Karl Barth
Karl Barth
worked here. The University of Basel
Basel
is currently counted among the 90 best educational institutions worldwide.[64] In 2007, the ETH
ETH
(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich) established the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) in Basel. The creation of the D-BSSE was driven by a Swiss-wide research initiative SystemsX, and was jointly supported by funding from the ETH
ETH
Zürich, the Swiss Government, the Swiss University Conference (SUC) and private industry.[65] Basel
Basel
also hosts several academies of the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Fachhochschule NW (FHNW): the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, FHNW Academy of Music, and the FHNW School of Business.[66] Basel
Basel
is renowned for various scientific societies, such as the Entomological Society of Basel
Basel
(Entomologische Gesellschaft Basel, EGB), which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005.[67] Volksschule[edit] In 2005 16,939 pupils and students visited the Volksschule (the obligatory school time, including Kindergarten (127), primary schools (Primarschule, 25), and lower secondary schools (Sekundarschule, 10),[68][69] of which 94% visited public schools and 39.5% were foreign nationals. In 2010 already 51.1% of all pupils spoke another language than German as their first language. In 2009 3.1% of the pupils visited special classes for pupils with particular needs. The average amount of study in primary school in Basel
Basel
is 816 teaching hours per year.[63] Upper secondary school[edit] In 2010 65% of the youth finished their upper secondary education with a vocational training and education, 18% finished their upper secondary education with a Federal Matura
Matura
at one of the five gymnasiums, 5% completed a Fachmaturität at the FMS, 5% completed a Berufsmaturität synchronosly to their vocational training, and 7% other kind of upper secondary maturity. 14.1% of all students at public gymnasiums were foreign nationals. The Maturity quota in 2010 was on a record high at 28.8% (32.8 female, 24.9% male).[63]

The Gymnasium Leonhard

Basel
Basel
has five public gymnasiums (Gymnasium Bäumlihof (de), Gymnasium Kirschgarten (de), Gymnasium am Münsterplatz (de), Gymnasium Leonhard (de), Wirtschaftsgymnasium und Wirtschaftsmittelschule Basel (de)), each with its own profiles (different focus on major subjects, such as visual design, biology and chemistry, Italian, Spanish, or Latin languages, music, physics and applied mathematics, philosophy/education/psychology, and economics and law) that entitles students with a successful Matura
Matura
graduation to attend universities. And one Fachmaturitätsschule, the FMS, with six different major subjects (health/natural sciences, education, social work, design/art, music/theatre/dance, and communication/media) that entitles students with a successful Fachmatura graduation to attend Fachhochschulen. Four different höhere Fachschulen (higher vocational schools such as Bildungszentrum Gesundheit Basel-Stadt
Basel-Stadt
(health), Allgemeine Gewerbeschule Basel
Basel
(trade), Berufsfachschule Basel, Schule für Gestaltung Basel
Basel
(design)) allows vocational students to improve their knowledge and know-how.[70] International schools[edit] As a city with a percentage of foreigners of more than thirty-five percent and as one of the most important centres in the chemical and pharmaceutical field in the world, Basel
Basel
counts several International Schools including: Academia International School, École Française de Bâle, Freies Gymnasium Basel
Basel
(private), Gymnasium am Münsterplatz (public), Schweizerisch-italienische Primarschule Sandro Pertini, and Swiss International School (Basel).[71] Libraries[edit] Basel
Basel
is home to at least 65 libraries. Some of the largest include; the Universitätsbibliothek Basel
Basel
(main university library), the special libraries of the University of Basel, the Allgemein Bibliotheken der Gesellschaft für Gutes und Gemeinnütziges (GGG) Basel, the Library of the Pädagogische Hochschule, the Library of the Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit and the Library of the Hochschule für Wirtschaft. There was a combined total (as of 2008[update]) of 8,443,643 books or other media in the libraries, and in the same year a total of 1,722,802 items were loaned out.[72] Culture[edit] Main sights[edit] The red sandstone Münster, one of the foremost late-Romanesque/early Gothic buildings in the Upper Rhine, was badly damaged in the great earthquake of 1356, rebuilt in the 14th and 15th century, extensively reconstructed in the mid-19th century and further restored in the late 20th century.[73] A memorial to Erasmus lies inside the Münster. The City
City
Hall from the 16th century is located on the Market Square and is decorated with fine murals on the outer walls and on the walls of the inner court.

Tinguely's Carnival
Carnival
Fountain (Fasnachtsbrunnen)

Basel
Basel
is also host to an array of buildings by internationally renowned architects. These include the Beyeler Foundation
Beyeler Foundation
by Renzo Piano, or the Vitra complex in nearby Weil am Rhein, composed of buildings by architects such as Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid
(fire station), Frank Gehry (Design Museum), Álvaro Siza Vieira
Álvaro Siza Vieira
(factory building) and Tadao Ando (conference centre). Basel
Basel
also features buildings by Mario Botta (Jean Tinguely Museum
Tinguely Museum
and Bank of International settlements) and Herzog & de Meuron (whose architectural practice is in Basel, and who are best known as the architects of Tate Modern
Tate Modern
in London and the Bird's Nest in Beijing, the Olympia stadium, which was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics). The city received the Wakker Prize in 1996. Heritage sites[edit] Basel
Basel
features a great number of heritage sites of national significance.[74] These include the entire Old Town of Basel
Basel
as well as the following buildings and collections:

Elisabethenkirche (inside)

Churches and monasteries  Old Catholic Prediger Kirche (church), Bischofshof with Collegiate church at Rittergasse 1, Domhof at Münsterplatz 10–12, former Carthusian
Carthusian
House of St Margarethental, Catholic Church of St Antonius, Lohnhof (former Augustinians
Augustinians
Collegiate Church), Mission 21, Archive of the Evangelisches Missionswerk Basel, Münster of Basle (cathedral), Reformed Elisabethenkirche (church), Reformed Johanneskirche (church), Reformed Leonhardskirche (church, former Augustinians
Augustinians
Abbey), Reformed Martinskirche (church), Reformed Pauluskirche (church), Reformed Peterskirche (church), Reformed St. Albankirche (church) with cloister and cemetery, Reformed Theodorskirche (church), Synagoge at Eulerstrasse 2

Wildt'sches Haus, Petersplatz

Secular buildings Badischer Bahnhof (Geman Baden's railway station) with fountain, Bank for International Settlements, Blaues Haus (Reichensteinerhof) at Rheinsprung 16, Bruderholzschule (school house) at Fritz-Hauser-Strasse 20, Brunschwiler Haus at Hebelstrasse 15, Bahnhof Basel
Basel
SBB (Swiss railway station), Bürgerspital (hospital), Café Spitz (Merianflügel), Coop Schweiz company's central archive, Depot of the Archäologischen Bodenforschung des Kanton Basel-Stadt, former Gallizian Paper Mill and Swiss Museum of Paper, former Klingental-Kaserne (casern) with Klingentaler Kirche (church), Fasnachtsbrunnen (fountain), Feuerschützenhaus (guild house of the riflemen) at Schützenmattstrasse 56, Fischmarktbrunnen (fountain), Geltenzunft at Marktplatz 13, Gymnasium am Kohlenberg (St Leonhard) (school), Hauptpost (main post office), Haus zum Raben at Aeschenvorstadt 15, Hohenfirstenhof at Rittergasse 19, Holsteinerhof at Hebelstrasse 30, Markgräflerhof
Markgräflerhof
a former palace of the margraves of Baden-Durlach,Mittlere Rhein Brücke (Central Rhine
Rhine
Bridge), Stadtcasino (music hall) at Steinenberg 14, Ramsteinerhof at Rittergasse 7 and 9, Rathaus (town hall), Rundhof building of the Schweizerischen Mustermesse, Safranzunft at Gerbergasse 11, Sandgrube at Riehenstrasse 154, Schlösschen (Manor house) Gundeldingen, Schönes Haus and Schöner Hof at Nadelberg 6, Wasgenring school house, Seidenhof with painting of Rudolf von Habsburg, Spalenhof at Spalenberg 12, Spiesshof at Heuberg 7, city walls, Townhouse (former post office) at Stadthausgasse 13 / Totengässlein 6, Weisses Haus at Martinsgasse 3, Wildt'sches Haus at Petersplatz 13, Haus zum Neuen Singer at Speiserstrasse 98, Wolfgottesacker at Münchensteinerstrasse 99, Zerkindenhof at Nadelberg 10.

Archaeological sites The Celtic Settlement at Gasfabrik, Münsterhügel and Altstadt (historical city, late La Tène and medieval settlement).

Museums, archives and collections Basel
Basel
calls itself the Cultural Capital of Switzerland.[75]

Among others, there is the Anatomical Museum of the University Basel, Berri-Villen and Museum of Ancient Art Basel
Art Basel
and Ludwig Collection, Former Franciscan
Franciscan
Barefoot Order Church and Basel
Basel
Historical Museum, Company Archive of Novartis, Haus zum Kirschgarten which is part of the Basel
Basel
Historical Museum, Historic Archive Roche and Industrial Complex Hoffmann-La Roche, Jewish Museum of Switzerland, Caricature & Cartoon Museum Basel, Karl Barth-Archive, Kleines Klingental (Lower Klingen Valley) with Museum Klingental, Art Museum of Basel, hosting the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public, Natural History Museum of Basel
Natural History Museum of Basel
and the Museum of Cultures Basel, Museum of Modern Art Basel
Art Basel
with the E. Hoffmann collection, Museum Jean Tinguely
Jean Tinguely
Basel, Music Museum, Pharmacy Historical Museum of the University of Basel, Poster Collection of the School for Design (Schule für Gestaltung), Swiss Business Archives, Sculpture Hall, Sports Museum of Switzerland, Archives of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, UBS AG
UBS AG
Corporate Archives, University Library with manuscripts and music collection, Zoological Garden (Zoologischer Garten).[76]

The Academy of Music of Basel
Basel
- (Vorderer Rosengarten)

Theatre and music[edit] Basel
Basel
is the home of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, founded in 1933, a worldwide centre for research on and performance of music from the Medieval through the Baroque eras. Theater Basel, chosen in 1999 as the best stage for German-language performances and in 2009 and 2010 as " Opera
Opera
of the Year" by German Opera
Opera
Magazine "Opernwelt",[77] presents a busy schedule of plays in addition to being home to the city's opera and ballet companies. Basel
Basel
is home to the largest orchestra in Switzerland, the Sinfonieorchester Basel. It is also the home of the Kammerorchester Basel, which is recording the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
for the Sony
Sony
label led by its music director Giovanni Antonini. The Schola Cantorum and the Basler Kammerorchester were both founded by the conductor Paul Sacher who went on to commission works by many leading composers. The Paul Sacher Foundation, opened in 1986, houses a major collection of manuscripts, including the entire Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
archive. The baroque orchestras La Cetra and Capriccio Basel
Basel
are also based in Basel. In May 2004, the fifth European Festival of Youth Choirs (Europäisches Jugendchorfestival, or EJCF) choir festival opened: this Basel tradition started in 1992. Host of this festival is the local Basel Boys Choir. In 1997, Basel
Basel
contended to become the "European Capital of Culture", though the honor went instead to Thessaloniki. Museums[edit] The Basel
Basel
museums cover a broad and diverse spectrum of collections with a marked concentration in the fine arts. They house numerous holdings of international significance. The over three dozen institutions yield an extraordinarily high density of museums compared to other cities of similar size and draw over one million visitors annually.[76] Constituting an essential component of Basel
Basel
culture and cultural policy, the museums are the result of closely interwoven private and public collecting activities and promotion of arts and culture going back to the 16th century. The public museum collection was first created back in 1661 and represents the oldest public collection in continuous existence. Since the late 1980s, various private collections have been made accessible to the public in new purpose-built structures that have been recognized as acclaimed examples of avant-garde museum architecture.

The Beyeler Foundation
Beyeler Foundation
by Renzo Piano, located in Riehen

Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig
Ancient cultures of the mediterranean museum[78] Augusta Raurica
Augusta Raurica
Roman open-air museum[79] Basel Paper Mill
Basel Paper Mill
(German: Basler Papiermühle)[80] Beyeler Foundation
Beyeler Foundation
(Foundation Beyeler) Beyeler Museum (Fondation Beyeler) Botanical Garden Basel
Basel
One of the oldest botanical gardens in the world Caricature & Cartoon Museum Basel
Basel
(German: Karikatur & Cartoon Museum Basel)[81] Dollhouse Museum
Dollhouse Museum
(German: Puppenhausmuseum)[82] a museum houring the largest teddy bear collection in Europe. Foundation Fernet Branca (French: Fondation Fernet Branca) in Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin
Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin
near Basel.[83] Modern art collection. Historical Museum Basel
Basel
(German: Historisches Museum Basel)[84] Kunsthalle Basel Modern and contemporary art museum[85] Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel
Upper Rhenish and Flemish paintings, drawings from 1400 to 1600 and 19th- to 21st-century art[86] Monteverdi Automuseum[87] Museum of Cultures Basel
Museum of Cultures Basel
(German: Museum der Kulturen Basel) Large collections on European and non-Europeancultural life[88] Museum of Contemporary Art Art from the 1960s up to the present[89] Music Museum (German: Musikmuseum) of the Basel
Basel
Historic Museum Natural History Museum of Basel
Natural History Museum of Basel
(German: Naturhistorisches Museum Basel)[90] Pharmazie-Historisches Museum der Universität Basel[91] Schaulager
Schaulager
Modern and contemporary art museum[92] Swiss Architecture Museum (German: Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum)[93] Tinguely Museum
Tinguely Museum
Life and work of the major Swiss iron sculptor Jean Tinguely[94] Vitra Design Museum
Vitra Design Museum
Museum in Weil am Rhein
Weil am Rhein
near Basel[95] Jewish Museum of Switzerland[96]

Events[edit] The city of Basel
Basel
is a centre for numerous fairs and events all year round. One of the most important fairs for contemporary art worldwide is the Art Basel
Art Basel
which was founded in 1970 by Ernst Beyeler and takes place in June each year. Baselworld, the watch and jewellery show (Uhren- und Schmuckmesse) one of the biggest fairs of its kind in Europe is held every year as well, and attracts a great number of tourists and dealers to the city. The carnival of the city of Basel (Basler Fasnacht) is a major cultural event in the year. The carnival is the biggest in Switzerland
Switzerland
and attracts large crowds every year, despite the fact that it starts at exactly four in the morning (Morgestraich) on a winter Monday. The Fasnacht asserts Basel's Protestant history by commencing the revelry five days after Ash Wednesday and continuing day and night for exactly 72 hours. Almost all study and work in the old city cease. Dozens of fife and drum clubs parade in medieval guild tradition with fantastical masks and illuminated lanterns. Cuisine[edit] There are a number of culinary specialties originating in Basel, including Basler Läckerli
Basler Läckerli
cookies and Mässmogge
Mässmogge
candies. Being located in the meeting place between Switzerland, France
France
and Germany the culinary landscape as a whole is very varied and diverse, making it a city with a great number of restaurants of all sorts. Zoo[edit]

The Antelope
Antelope
House at Zoo Basel

Zoo Basel
Zoo Basel
is, with over 1.7 million visitors per year,[97] the most visited tourist attraction in Basel
Basel
and the second most visited tourist attraction in Switzerland.[98] Established in 1874, Zoo Basel
Zoo Basel
is the oldest zoo in Switzerland
Switzerland
and, by number of animals, the largest. Through its history, Zoo Basel
Zoo Basel
has had several breeding successes, such as the first worldwide Indian rhinoceros birth[99] and Greater flamingo
Greater flamingo
hatch[100] in a zoo. These and other achievements led Forbes
Forbes
Travel to rank Zoo Basel
Zoo Basel
as one of the fifteen best zoos in the world in 2008.[101] Despite its international fame, Basel's population remains attached to Zoo Basel, which is entirely surrounded by the city of Basel. Evidence of this is the millions of donations money each year, as well as Zoo Basel's unofficial name: locals lovingly call "their" zoo "Zolli" by which is it known throughout Basel
Basel
and most of Switzerland. Sport[edit] Basel
Basel
has a reputation in Switzerland
Switzerland
as a successful sporting city. The football club FC Basel
FC Basel
continues to be successful and in recognition of this the city was one of the Swiss venues for the 2008 European Championships, as well as Geneva, Zürich
Zürich
and Bern. The championships were jointly hosted by Switzerland
Switzerland
and Austria. BSC Old Boys and Concordia Basel
Concordia Basel
are the other football teams in Basel. Among the most popular sports in Switzerland
Switzerland
is Ice hockey.[102] Basel is home to the EHC Basel
EHC Basel
which plays in the MySports League, the third tier of the Swiss ice hockey league system. They play their home games in the 6,700-seat St. Jakob Arena. The team previously played in the National League and the Swiss League, but they had to fill a bankruptcy case after the 2013-14 Swiss League
Swiss League
season. Basel
Basel
features a large football stadium that has been awarded four stars by UEFA, a modern ice hockey hall, and an admitted sports hall. A large indoor tennis event takes place in Basel
Basel
every October. Some of the best ATP-Professionals play every year at the Swiss Indoors, including Switzerland's biggest sporting hero and frequent participant Roger Federer, a Basel
Basel
native who describes the city as "one of the most beautiful cities in the world". The annual Basel
Basel
Rhine
Rhine
Swim draws several thousand visitors to the city to swim in or float on the Rhine
Rhine
river.[103] While football and ice hockey are by far the most popular sports, basketball has a very small but faithful fan base. The top division, called NLA, is a semi-professional league and has one team from the Basel
Basel
region, the "Birstal Starwings". Two players from Switzerland are currently active in the NBA, Thabo Sefolosha and Clint Capela. As in most European countries, and contrary to the U.S., Switzerland
Switzerland
has a club-based rather than a school-based competition system.[104] The Starwings Basel
Starwings Basel
are the only first division basketball team in German-speaking Switzerland.[105] Picture gallery[edit]

University of Basel
University of Basel
(est. in 1460)

Rathaus, Basel's Town Hall

Basler Münster

Mittlere Rheinbrücke (Central Rhine
Rhine
Bridge)

Gemsberg

Kunstmuseum Basel
Kunstmuseum Basel
(Art Museum Basel)

Haus zum Kirschgarten

Bank for International Settlements

Spalentor

Barfüsserplatz

Münsterplatz

Wettsteinbrücke

Book: Basel

Notes and references[edit] Notes[edit]

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Bibliography[edit] See also: Bibliography of the history of Basel

Basel
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(City) in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. "Willkommen in der Basler Zahlenwelt", Statistisches Amt (official site) (in German), Statistisches Amt, Präsidialdepartement des Kantons Basel-Stadt, retrieved 2015-09-02  Gossman, Lionel (2000), Basel
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Bienne Chur Fribourg Köniz La Chaux-de-Fonds Lucerne Lugano Neuchâtel St. Gallen Schaffhausen Thun Uster Vernier

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Aarau Adliswil Allschwil Baar Baden Bellinzona Burgdorf Carouge Dietikon Emmen Frauenfeld Gossau Grenchen Herisau Horgen Kloten Kreuzlingen Kriens Lancy Littau Locarno Meyrin Monthey Montreux Muttenz Nyon Olten Onex Ostermundigen Pratteln Rapperswil-Jona Regensdorf Renens Schwyz Sierre Sion Solothurn Spiez Steffisburg Thalwil Vevey Volketswil Wädenswil Wettingen Wetzikon Wil Yverdon-les-Bains Zollikon Zug

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Free imperial cities of the Holy Roman Empire

By 1792

Aachen Aalen Augsburg Biberach Bopfingen BremenH Buchau Buchhorn CologneH Dinkelsbühl DortmundH Eßlingen Frankfurt Friedberg Gengenbach Giengen GoslarH HamburgH Heilbronn Isny Kaufbeuren Kempten Kessenich Leutkirch Lindau LübeckH Memmingen Mühlhausen MülhausenD, S Nordhausen Nördlingen Nuremberg Offenburg Pfullendorf Ravensburg Regensburg Reutlingen Rothenburg RottweilS Schwäbisch Gmünd Schwäbisch Hall Schweinfurt Speyer Überlingen Ulm Wangen Weil Weißenburg in Bayern Wetzlar Wimpfen Windsheim Worms Zell

Free Imperial Cities as of 1648

Lost imperial immediacy or no longer part of the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
by 1792

BaselS BernS Besançon Brakel Cambrai Diessenhofen Donauwörth Duisburg Düren Gelnhausen HagenauD Herford KaysersbergD KolmarD Konstanz LandauD Lemgo LucerneS Mainz Metz MunsterD ObernaiD Pfeddersheim Rheinfelden RosheimD St. GallenS Sarrebourg SchaffhausenS Schmalkalden SchlettstadtD SoestH SolothurnS Straßburg Toul TurckheimD Verden Verdun Warburg Weißenburg in ElsaßD ZürichS

D Member of the Décapole H Member of the Hanseatic League S Member or associate of the Swiss Confederacy

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Capitals of Swiss cantons

   

Aarau, Aargau Herisau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden Appenzell, Appenzell Innerrhoden Basel, Basel-Stadt

Liestal, Basel-Landschaft Bern, Bern Fribourg, Fribourg Geneva, Geneva

Glarus, Glarus Chur, Graubünden Delémont, Jura Lucerne, Lucerne

Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel Stans, Nidwalden Sarnen, Obwalden Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen

Schwyz, Schwyz Solothurn, Solothurn St. Gallen, St. Gallen Frauenfeld, Thurgau

Bellinzona, Ticino Altdorf, Uri Sion, Valais Lausanne, Vaud

Zug, Zug Zürich, Zürich

Preceded by Vienna, Austria
Austria
(1965) World Gymnaestrada
World Gymnaestrada
host city 1969 Succeeded by Berlin, East Germany
Germany
(1975)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 130179400 LCCN: n79062979 GND: 4004617-5 SELIBR: 140531 SUDOC: 026406268 BNF: cb11865939n (data) HDS:

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