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Young family moving to Basel

Hi,

My name is Paul, I have been offered a job in Basel, and 90% sure I'm going to accept and move from UK, just need to make sure my wife, Nina, has had a chance to check out the area, as this will be a big move for all of us - we have also got 3 year old twins.

Nina and I are coming over for a short visit this week, 20th-22nd July, and all being well, I'll be moving out end of September, and rest of us will move out the beginning of 2012.

Any suggestions of where to visit, what to see and recommendations of where is good to live for a young family would be much appreciated. We are staying in a hotel is St Louis to see what it is like, as I have been told that it is quite convenient to Basel and the airport (where I'll be working) and also slightly cheaper to live?

Hope to hear from some of you soon!

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Old 17.07.2011, 23:28
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Re: Young family moving to Basel

Welcome to the forum,

I live in zurich so cannot help on your questions but couldt miss to congratulate you for your twins. I wanted to have twins, but i didnt so I got the second shortly after the first was born
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Hi Paul and Nina,

Welcome to the Forum, and to Basel. My husband and I have lived here 16 years. Actually, we are in Allschwil, just 20 minutes from downtown by tram. We would have preferred to live in the city, but we moved here in the dead of winter from the States/Canada, and the selection for what we wanted was limited (my husband's an academic, so walls of books; I'm a freelancer, which means I keep odd hours and was worried about disturbing neighbors in a dense settlement and so on).

There's a lovely book you can get at Bider & Tanner (Bankverein, downtown) called "Basel: fotogen". It's got five strolls through the old city and is written in three languages, including English. That will give you a good lay of the land. Take tram no. 6 to the Beyeler Foundation in Riehen, for a perspective of the farther reaches of the city. You're not here long, but the Ermitage in Arlesheim is also a good place to spend an afternoon with family.

http://worldradio.ch/wrs/programmes/...er/index.shtml streams a local English-language program on things to do in Switzerland. It's off for the summer, but you can check out the archives.

I'm not sure exactly what kind of information is most helpful to you now, but feel free to pm me.
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Taxes are usually less if you live in Switzerland instead of France. Although I've read that is less significant once you have a couple of children. It is much cheaper accommodation-wise(much better value!) to live in France or Germany. If you live in CH you pay less taxes if you live in Baselland instead of BaselStadt but you pay more in rent and the commute would be longer.

School won't be an issue yet but you'll have more options for education in English in Basel.

St Louis has a great little farmers market on saturday and I highly recommend a boulangerie called Leyes for a sandwich or pastry.
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Re: Young family moving to Basel

What Gray says is correct. I forgot! I tend not to think of it because we have Swiss C visas and American passports. But we know other combinations of couples (German-German, Swiss-Canadian, UK-UK) who all live just over the border in France or Germany, Hegenheim (France) in particular. It's just so close! You have to do a bit of calculating, but for sure the rents and property prices drop dramatically. I don't know how that healthcare arrangement works in that instance. It's something to investigate.
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I don't know how that healthcare arrangement works in that instance. It's something to investigate.
you pay French private health insurance. Mine, for example, costs me 1/3 of the price of my previous Swiss one, has no deductible and covers also dental. Not bad?
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ha ha - thanks. Great having two close together, I'm sure... means they have a best friend for life!

Thanks for the advice. It is just Nina and I doing the trip this week, we want to see as much of the area as possible, so tram no.6 seems like a good idea, cheers.

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