Language Café

As a regular BaselConnect event, the first international Language Café in Basel brings locals and people from abroad together to practice conversation in a laid-back atmosphere. Being fluent in German and English, our team ensures conversation in these languages.



A ‘Stamm’ is the traditional get-together of the villagers in Switzerland after work for a beer and a chat sitting around the ‘Stammtisch’.



Encountering Chamber Music: Fiacorda

The concert series of Chamber Music is a popular meeting place for music lovers. Each concert is accompanied by a workshop for children and so offers whole families the opportunity of attending concerts together. The children hear the beginning of the concert and so experience the sound of chamber music.



NEW: BaselConnect Education Site

Thanks to the hard work of our Education working group volunteers, we have all of the official information on the public school system—translated into English—on our education site. This is a tremendous service to anyone considering putting their children into local schools.



World Wide Women

An intensive program of study focused on the promotion of equal opportunities for skilled migrants. The course is designed for highly qualified women who want to expand their professional, social and personal skills, thereby increasing their chances to join the Swiss labor market.



Olla común: Lunch on Saturdays

Volunteers from different countries—representing cultures from around the world—prepare and serve a traditional meal. The proceeds are donated to a social project of their choosing.



Basel as a Transport Hub in Europe

Basel is a major transportation hub in Europe. Mobility by road, rail, air and river make Basel a center for the migration of products, services and people. Telebasel is featuring a look at the importance of the Rhine to the Basel Economy as “Our Way to the Sea” on their program In Dubio Pro Regio.


What is BaselConnect?

BaselConnect is dedicated to promoting increased cultural understanding and exchange between expats and locals in the tri-national region centered on Basel, Switzerland. What started as a conference in August, 2011, has become a grass-roots movement all about integration. Findings from the conference roundtable and workshops inspired the formation of six working groups through which BaselConnect will strive to meet its mission.


BaselConnect Moving Forward

From the outset, the intention of BaselConnect was to make a difference. We do not wish to simply make recommendations but to make a real difference to the integration of expats in the Basel region. Connecting people is the driving principle that powers BaselConnect. Numerous activities and initiatives have been triggered as a result of the individuals and organizations that came together on 29 August 2011. Reciprocity of integration – active two-way involvement of locals and expats – is the best way to truly connect people. Launching the buddy/ mentor/Götti system was a logical place to begin.