The Canton of Basel-Stadt values its external relations, be they at the regional, national or international level.
- Photo: Juri Weiss
In its international relations, Basel focuses on city partnerships with the Chinese metropolis Shanghai, the American city Miami Beach, and the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Each partnership has a positive impact on the city’s development. The partnership with Abidjan/Yopougon, on the other hand, is based on social commitment. In addition, the canton of Basel-Stadt is involved in development cooperation to improve the living conditions of the world's poorest.
In the trinational Upper Rhine Valley, the border canton of Basel-Stadt maintains close relations with the regions of Baden and Palatinate (Südpfalz) in Germany and the Grand Est region in France.
Within the north-western region of Switzerland, the Canton of Basel-Stadt works closely with the cantons of Basel-Landschaft, Aargau, Jura and Solothurn. Together with these partners, the canton works to address common issues both at a national and cross-border level.
The Canton of Basel-Stadt also promotes its interests on a national level: It follows business issues that are particularly relevant on a federal level for Basel and the region.