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Integration in Switzerland – a difficult undertaking?

Integration in Switzerland – a difficult undertaking?

Recently the online platform InterNations published the latest survey of the “Ease of Settling In Index” (2017). This time Switzerland finished 61st out of 65, the fourth time in a row the country came very close to winning the wooden spoon. The reason: the Swiss are seen as needing to do better with their social interactions. A comment by Nicole J. Bettlé Surrounded by the Swiss, but mostly amongst themselves: that’s how many expats feel in Switzerland Once again the Expats Index survey has revealed the major social dissatisfaction among expats in Switzerland. But can you make friends by moaning

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Leave a Comment   |  16/10/2017 Columns, Uncategorized

Wet archive of fortune

Wet archive of fortune

The Museum for History at Barfüsserplatz has come up with a new exhibition that is most certainly worth a visit. On display since the end of September are objects – ancient and modern – that had been hidden in the depths of Basel’s rivers. By Nicole J. Bettlé Among the exhibits of “Resurfaced”: Jewellery that had found its way into the Rhine, often for different reasons For the first time, the Historical Museum is showing a collection of objects found in the waters in and around Basel. Scouring the Rhine, the Birs, the Birsig or the Wiese brought several tons

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Leave a Comment   |  08/10/2017 Culture, Uncategorized

Culinary treats for a multicultural community

Culinary treats for a multicultural community

Local and international culinary treats beckon when Dreiland News hold a Gourmet Night at the Forum in St-Louis to bring communities across the borders together. By Martin Pütter Some of treats on offer at the Dreiland Night Gourmet Edition: oysters, wines and cheeses Samuel Baumann is adamant. “We have a unique lifestyle here in Dreiland, with the chance of being able to enjoy the best of all three countries”, says the co-founder of Dreiland News, a still young, but unique communications project across borders. Dreiland, that includes Alsace in France, Baden in Germany and the Basel area in Switzerland. Many

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Leave a Comment   |  04/10/2017 Events, Uncategorized

Castle romanticism in the Basel area (1): Wartenberg

Castle romanticism in the Basel area (1): Wartenberg

The Basel area is one of the richest in Europe when it comes to castles. More than a hundred castles and forts sprang up between the 11th and the 14th century. Visiting the Wartenberg is particularly recommended. In total, three castles invite you to look and linger in the area. The Wartenberg castles (from left to right): the towers of the rear and the middle castle – and one of the remaining walls of the front castle. By Nicole J. Bettlé The Wartenberg in Muttenz has always been – and still is – an important viewpoint. Archaeological findings prove that

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Comments Off   |  18/09/2017 Society, Uncategorized

Spilling the beans on Basel’s gastronomy

Spilling the beans on Basel’s gastronomy

Fondue, rösti, sausages, muesli and Rivella are just a few of the Swiss delicacies found in abundance throughout Basel.  But aside from these classics, there are gourmet establishments with potential to become the toast of the town. A gastronomic selection by Ella Revitt With the Basel food scene on the rise, independent restaurants are introducing a great variety for foodies, both Swiss and foreign. Inexpensive (for Switzerland, at least) and unique culinary adventures are just waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for: trendy… La Manufacture hasn’t been on Basel’s gastro scene for very long, but it has hit the

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Comments Off   |  13/09/2017 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Beervana Basel

Beervana Basel

Two events this summer intend to prove that beer is of particular importance in the Basel area: first there is the “Brautag” at Voltabräu on 12 August, followed by the 5th Beer Market at Vogesenplatz on 25 and 26 August. Picture by Wikimedia By Martin Pütter When it comes to beer the people in Basel seem particularly pampered. Pioneering work for small and micro breweries was done in their city over 40 years ago. The pioneer was Hans-Jakob Nidecker who in 1974 started to brew the still popular Ueli Beer in his restaurant, the Fischerstube. Today there are around ten breweries

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Run, Basel, Run

Run, Basel, Run

One of the most popular forms of exercise, running is rapidly growing in prominence throughout the Basel region.  Be it performance athletics or recreational jogging, the city offers a multitude of events and opportunities year-round. By Ella Revitt Running has one advantage: you can do it anywhere, any time. Basel also has its share of runners – you find them along the Rhine, in the various parks, on the tracks of sports grounds, or even in fitness centres on the treadmills. And we have all heard of the health benefits of running until the cows come home – sometimes quite

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Comments Off   |  18/07/2017 Sports, Uncategorized

Paintings for the Soul

Paintings for the Soul

Light, shadow and reflection: be enchanted by Claude Monet’s magic at the Fondation Beyeler. By Shirley L. Kearney CLAUDE MONET, LE PARLEMENT, CIEL ORAGEUX, 1904 / HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, STORMY SKY - Oil on canvas, 81 x 92 cm Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, legs de Maurice Masson, 1949 Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda As a 20th anniversary gift to itself and the public, the Fondation Beyeler has 62 works by Claude Monet hanging on its walls. Thanks to its honoured and trusted reputation in the art world, some paintings at the Fondation are on loan from 15 private collections,

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Comments Off   |  06/02/2017 Culture, Uncategorized

Ghosthunting in Basel’s backstreets

Ghosthunting in Basel’s backstreets

If you thought that ghosts only haunt Victorian houses or castles in the United Kingdom, you are in for a surprise. For centuries ghosts have also haunted the streets and houses of Basel. By Nicole J. Bettlé Whether at Heuberg, at Heuwaage or in the cloisters of the Minster: ghosts and undead are lurking everywhere in Basel. Visit Basel (website in German only) with its team of guides offers a “Ghost Walk” through Basel’s old town – for expats also in English. Horror fans will be delighted. Totengässlein (The Deads’ Alley) – quirky but inconspicuous by day, haunted at night

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Comments Off   |  28/01/2017 Society, Uncategorized

Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

Basel’s residents are proud of their heraldic animal, the basilisk. Wherever you are, wherever you look, you are bound to meet this creature. Residing on fountains or bridge piers, it keeps watch over the city. By Nicole J. Bettlé At Totentanz you find Basel’s oldest basilisk fountain According to legend, the basilisk once lived in a cave where today the Gerberbrunnen (the tanner’s fountain) is situated at Gerberberglein. An inscription tells about this legend. By the way, a basilisk is not to be mistaken with a dragon or a lindworm, the latter of which are almost harmless compared to it.

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1 Comment   |  16/01/2017 Society, Uncategorized
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