Basel is on top when it comes to culture, quality of life and innovation

Several recent rankings show that Basel truly is in the premier league both nationally and internationally. The city on the Rhine is home to one of the most prestigious art museums in the world and is internationally known as a city offering the highest quality of life. Also in terms of its economy and innovation, Basel ranks right up there with the best of them.

Mercer: Basel among the global Top 10

According to the "Quality of Living" ranking published by the international consulting firm Mercer in March 2017, Basel is among the ten cities with the best quality of life in the world. The study attests Basel a good economic, political and socio-cultural environment, excellent health care, a high level of security, good, internationally-oriented schools and an attractive real estate market. Every year, the consultancy firm compares the quality of life in the world’s biggest cities, surveying employees on assignments abroad. Basels’ first-ever inclusion in the 2017 ranking confirms what the locals and guests have known for a long time: the city of Basel offers top quality of living.

Banks of the Rhine at Mittlere Brücke
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<br/>Photo: Julian Salinas
Banks of the Rhine at Mittlere Brücke

Photo: Julian Salinas

UBS: the most innovative region in Switzerland

The competitiveness of Basel-Stadt is above-average, ranking third among all Swiss cantons. The UBS study conducted on 2016 measures the competitiveness of the Swiss cantons’ economies by means of the Cantonal Competitiveness Indicator (KWI). This is calculated using a comparative analysis of eight pillars: economic structure, innovation, human capital, labour market, accessibility, catchment area, cost environment and government finances. The data are analysed by, among others, the Federal Office of Statistics and UBS itself. In terms of economic structure, innovation and accessibility, the canton of Basel-Stadt ranks first. Thanks to the EuroAirport, the city of Basel has an excellent international network. The airport also has a positive effect on the catchment area, which is positively influenced by the geographical location of Basel and the associated number of commuters.
As a university location, the Canton of Basel-Stadt also has significant human capital; in terms of the educational standards of its residents, it is even ahead of Zurich in second place. In this field, Basel-Stadt has moved up one place since the last study in 2014 and has also advanced in most of the other categories.

Cantonal Competitiveness Indicator 2016

fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future

Basel ranks under the top 20 European cities of the future as a business location. This is confirmed in the recent study «European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/2017» by the UK paper Financial Times. In the overall result, the city of Basel comes in 19th and positions itself better than Berlin. 

Every two years, the Financial Times publishes a study entitled „European Cities and Regions of the Future“. For the 2016-2017 issue, the basic data of 481 urban areas were analysed, evaluating the following five criteria: economic potential, human capital & lifestyle, cost-effectiveness, infrastructure and business friendliness. In the latest study, Basel ranks among the leaders. The city comes in 19th overall and ranks for the first time better than Berlin (Germany) but behind Espoo (Finland). In the small city category Basel reaches the following positions: human capital & lifestyle 3rd, economic potential 6th, infrastructure 7th.

The Times ranks the Kunstmuseum Basel fifth in the world

The London magazine "The Times" presented a ranking of the best art museums in the world in 2013. A team of thirteen experts selected the museums. The Kunstmuseum Basel reached an excellent fifth place and is therefore in the finest of company from around the world; for example, the Uffizi in Florence which ranks number one and the world-famous Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in fourth place. Also represented in the rankings is the Fondation Beyeler, which came 35. It is also the most visited art museum in Switzerland. The Kunstmuseum Basel and the Fondation Beyeler are the only Swiss museums to have received a placement in this ranking.

According to ‘The Times’, Kunstmuseum Basel ranks fifth in terms of the world’s top art museums.
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<br/>Photo: Julian Salinas
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According to ‘The Times’, Kunstmuseum Basel ranks fifth in terms of the world’s top art museums.

Academic Ranking of World Universities

The most distinguished university ranking worldwide is published every year by the Jiao Tong University of Shanghai. Placed among renowned educational establishments worldwide, the University of Basel compounds the excellent ranking of the Swiss universities. In 2016, the University of Basel was not among the top 100 institutions for the first time since the launch of the ranking. However, even the current position emphasises Basel’s significance as an education and research city with a history stretching back over centuries.