Sister states on both sides of the Atlantic

The logo of Basel as an official twin city of Massachusetts.
Basel and Massachusetts liaise in a partnership based on a Sister-State Agreement.

Basel-Stadt and the State of Massachusetts have long discovered that they have many things in common. Therefore, on June 20, 2002, the two states signed a co-operation agreement at Basel’s initiative. Both partners are among the leading economic areas in their country; they are home to many very successful high-tech companies, especially in the field of life sciences, and to many distinguished research institutions. Also, both states offer a high standard of living, a rich cultural life as well as many tourist attractions.

The Sister-State-Agreement between the two states has clear economic objectives. The two cities, even if of different size and importance, have similar structures and views, and apply the «strengthening of strengths» approach, in particular in the fields of economic affairs and trade, as well as education and life sciences. The principal focus of the partnership between Basel and Massachusetts lies clearly in the field of science and education. The activities comprise pupil exchanges as well as co-operation and the exchange of knowledge in the specialist fields of earth science and nursing science.

Basel-Stadt is the only Swiss canton that entered into an official partnership with a US State so far. Massachusetts, on the other hand, is also a partner of regions in Japan, China and South Africa.

Sister-State-Agreement

The agreement between the two states has clear economic objectives. The two cities, even if of different size and importance, have similar structures and views, and apply the «strengthening of strengths» approach, in particular in the fields of economic affairs and trade, as well as education and life sciences. The principal focus of the partnership between Basel and Massachusetts lies clearly in the field of science and education. The activities comprise pupil exchanges as well as co-operation and the exchange of knowledge in the specialist fields of earth science and nursing science. In November 2015, Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker and the Basel State Councillor Baschi Dürr met in Boston to extend the Sister-State Agreement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Canton of Basel-Stadt.
The wishes and interests of stakeholders are welcomed, and will be integrated into the next MoU wherever possible. Do not hesitate to contact Florian Eggli, Head Marketing Cooperations, tel. +41 61 267 40 86, florian.eggli@bs.ch.

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Former Basel State Councillor, Dr. Carlo Conti, and the former Governor of Massachusetts, Jane Swift, sign the Sister-State Agreement.

Bridges

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School exchanges

In the framework of the Sister-State relationship between Basel and Massachusetts, schools such as Gymnasium Leonhard and Wirtschaftsgymnasium in Basel and the High Schools in Gloucester, Natick and Wakefield have been maintaining a lively and sustainable exchange for years.

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Nanoscience

The regions of Boston and Basel are global leaders in life sciences. But in the shadow of the strong life sciences, yet another plant has blossomed in the past few decades in both areas: nanoscience and nanotechnologies.

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History of the partnership

The following is a chronological list of the most important meetings and activities that have taken place to date within the context of the State Partnership between Basel-Stadt and Massachusetts.

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Contacts

Where everything is coordinated

The partnership with Massachusetts is coordinated by the Division of External Affairs and Marketing. Further information 
 

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