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.
In the trinational Upper Rhine Valley, the Canton of Basel-Stadt maintains close relations with its direct neighbours Baden and Südpfalz in Germany and Alsace in France.
Within Northwestern Switzerland, the Canton of Basel-Stadt collaborates closely with Basel-Landschaft, Aargau, Jura and Solothurn. These five cantons have joined forces to form the Conference of Governments for Northwestern Switzerland (Nordwestschweizer Regierungskonferenz, NWRK). Also, the Metropolitan Conference of Basel (Metropolitankonferenz Basel) facilitates collaboration among the most important regional players from politics, business and civil society and coordinates the representation of interests for the entire region.
At the national level, the Canton seeks to create opportunities to represent its interests with the federal government in Bern, including the interests of the Basel metropolitan area and Northwestern Switzerland.