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Moving to Basel when single: good idea or suicide?

Hello everyone,

I have a job offer in Basel that looks pretty interesting and well paid in a Big pharma. Looks like a good professional opportunity. I can also explore other positions with my current company in bigger cities (Paris, London, maybe NY) but I will then continue my current workaholic and constant traveler lifestyle.

I have lived in Paris, London and Sćo Paulo, and have been living in Geneva for 4 months. I find it very nice, lots of nature, etc. but a bit boring.
I spent half a day in Basel, the city looked nice but everyone I met (at the Big Pharma company) seemed to be married with kids, who liked the comfort and the money.

My question is: is Basel a decent city for single guys in their late 20s?
Are there enough bars / places to go out, ways to meet people, young single people, etc. ? Compared to Geneva, is it significantly more quiet or similar?
If there is any single guy who moved here from a big city, what do you think?

Sincerely interested in your thoughts, since it can really impact whether I take the job or not...

Thank you

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Old 27.09.2015, 22:22
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Re: Moving to Basel when single: good idea or suicide?

If your "home" big city isn't a short flight away, so you can pop back for weekends say once a month, then - at the risk of everyone else here disagreeing with me - I'd go for the "suicide" option.

However, as Basel's way better than Geneva (again, my opinion) I'd still do the move but bear in mind you'll probably want to leave Switzerland within a year.
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I spent half a day in Basel, the city looked nice but everyone I met (at the Big Pharma company) seemed to be married with kids, who liked the comfort and the money.
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Is it the comfort or the money that you don't like?
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... Compared to Geneva, is it significantly more quiet or similar?...
Much quieter. Best not take the job.
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Re: Moving to Basel when single: good idea or suicide?

I always found large cities such as NYC, Berlin, Milan and London to be boring.

But then, I've always hated large cities (though I like Paris).

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Re: Moving to Basel when single: good idea or suicide?

As you're nearing the end of your 20's and since you are interested in meeting young people, I assume somewhere in the back of your mind, you're beginning to look for a place to meet a nice girl, settle down, start a family and enjoy a life of comfy desk chairs, sleek desks and state-of-the-art computers. Seems Basel would meet your needs far more than Geneva.
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As you're nearing the end of your 20's and since you are interested in meeting young people, I assume somewhere in the back of your mind, you're beginning to look for a place to meet a nice girl, settle down, start a family and enjoy a life of comfy desk chairs, sleek desks and state-of-the-art computers. Seems Basel and in fact the whole of Switzerland would likely not meet your needs.
If you're looking to meet someone then do yourself a favour and move to London or NY and forget about Basel.

Or maybe come here for a year, realise you made a mistake and then move on.

Let's look at the numbers: population of London: some 8+ million.

Population of Basel-Stadt: <200k.

Of those 200k, if you're not bisexual, then you're down to about 100k. Of that, let's say 40k are in your age range.

From those, say, 20k are not in a relationship.

Of those, 6k who are not freaks.

Of those you'd maybe like to go out with: 1,000.

Of those you can actually communicate with: 700

Of those who'd like to go out with you: 350

Of those you'd get to meet due to either one of you being workaholics: 35

Conclusion: buy a lottery ticket instead.
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I always found large cities such as NYC, Berlin, Milan and London to be boring.

But then, I've always hated large cities (though I like Paris).

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That's probably cos you're married with kids and enjoy the comfort and money :P
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Old 28.09.2015, 10:37
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Of those you'd get to meet due to either one of you being workaholics: 35
Of those, will be in Paddy's on a Friday/Saturday night: 23

So not so bad.

But;

Of those, being hit on by two dozen weirdos: 23

So you'll need to stand out from the crowd.
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Old 28.09.2015, 11:22
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Re: Moving to Basel when single: good idea or suicide?

Basel's got a lot going for it .. but unless you speak excellent German your dating options are going to be limited to local expats. They're also likely to be working in a 'good' job for one of the local multinationals... and that means they're also very likely to be 'mobile'. Those numbers above are pretty funny... but you also have to factor in (IMHO) 80% of the younger, professional expats are liable to leave within 5 years.
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Old 28.09.2015, 11:39
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That's probably cos you're married with kids and enjoy the comfort and money :P
I was mid 20s and single when I moved to Zurich area, and I've never liked cities, money was about the same as I was earning in the US.

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Of those, will be in Paddy's on a Friday/Saturday night: 23
arent they already excluded by the 60k that are not in your age range?
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Old 28.09.2015, 11:42
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Basel's got a lot going for it .. but unless you speak excellent German your dating options are going to be limited to local expats.
I've dated quite a few Swiss-Germans, but normally speak English and/or French with them, except for my wife, she only speaks Italian, but is still Swiss-German.

I've never dated an ex-pat, however.

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Let's look at the numbers:
From those, say, 20k are not in a relationship.

Of those, 6k who are not freaks.

Of those you'd maybe like to go out with: 1,000.



No freaks? You just wiped out 2300 potential hookups from the equation (using the same ratios). OK - 1500 if he stays away from redheads, strippers, hairdressers and girls named Tiffany.
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Re: Moving to Basel when single: good idea or suicide?

If you want the best advice this is it

You come first so think for your future and salary . Look online for what you like and see if there are clubs in that city too. Honestly there are women all over

Remember were 2015 now many people meet on dating sites and through Facebook etc. I am one example and we've been together 8 yrs
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Re: Moving to Basel when single: good idea or suicide?

Dating is not a mission as everyone seems to be putting it here . It comes natural. And you will meet someone if your not fussy as in wanting a girl with 6 toes or whatever
Go with the flow and wherever u are u will find someone
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Re: Moving to Basel when single: good idea or suicide?

Hi,

came to Basel in my mid 20's and I have been here 26 years with no desire to leave any time soon. Came here thinking I would stay here a year but like so many people found Basel is a great place to live. I have never needed a car, which is a massive advantage compared to the uk and I met my wife here and we have been married for 16 years.

Honestly, the word "boring" is extremely subjective. I work in Zurich and live in Basel but I am always very happy to be back in Basel.

I find London ok to visit but I would never want to live there. You are young and so I would definitely take the job and see what happens. There are loads of people who came here for a year but are still here years later ...e.g. Adrian who thought he would be here for a year.

The biggest problem with the big Pharma companies is that they are becoming more and more "American" and expecting people to be available 24/7 and so it is then difficult to get the most out of Basel.

Have fun and I would say it is an excellent idea

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There are loads of people who came here for a year but are still here years later ...e.g. Adrian who thought he would be here for a year.
Agreed, but unlike the OP I'm (a) not in my 20s (b) not single and (c) can afford the time and money to spend long weekends in central London once a month.
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