Life in and around the BIS

From the geographical centre of Europe to our representative offices in Hong Kong SAR and Mexico City - what is life like working at the BIS?

Basel offers a high quality of life and is a central European hub. A historic and cosmopolitan city, it offers a wide choice of leisure and cultural activities. Situated in the geographical centre of Europe, it offers easy access for travel, while its modest size keeps commuting time to a minimum and supports a good work-life balance.

Leave your home in Basel, and in just a few minutes, you can be at work, deep in the countryside, or even in another country - as the German and French borders are both very near. As Basel is home to the headquarters of several multinational organisations, there's a large and active expatriate community here. It's also very family-friendly, with lots of sports facilities, parks and activities for children.

Swiss German is the local language, while High German is the official language. However, Basel's proximity to France means that French is widely understood too, and English is also spoken in many shops and offices. We'll assist with tuition costs to cover German classes for you and your partner.

Sandra on Basel

As Basel is a relatively small city, it is easy to navigate round town. Most of us have a commute of no more than 15 minutes. But the city has plenty to offer. Nature-lovers can quickly reach the Swiss Alps, the Black Forest in Germany or Alsace in France. Basel itself is packed with world-class museums and art galleries, and it's also very rich in terms of concerts and culture. Basel hosts the world's biggest art fair, the famous carnival Fasnacht and the biggest watch and jewellery fair, so there are always lots of interesting people visiting the city.

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Alex on Basel

Living in the city of Basel I personally find to be very special. The city borders on Germany and France, giving me a chance to use several languages, which fits well in this multi-cultural city. Basel has a wonderful infrastructure - it is the only city in Switzerland with three main train stations - and it is packed with museums. It also has a wonderful zoo and a yearly series of international fairs such as Basel World and Art Basel, which bring people from different walks of life together.

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Our representative office for Asia and the Pacific is located in Hong Kong SAR. Its 30 or so staff members are engaged in both banking activities and policy research. Hong Kong is a premier international financial centre, with a fast-growing and very successful economy. It is also a vibrant and exciting city renowned for its shopping and cultural attractions, and home to executives relocating from around the world. We offer support and assistance at all stages of relocation, and cover reasonable removal expenses.

Debbie on Hong Kong

Hong Kong is my home; I love this metropolitan city with its diversity and internationalism. It is a friendly place for locals and foreigners regardless of age. The city never sleeps, offering a fantastic variety of food, entertainment and shopping. In addition, if you prefer some quiet time, natural landscapes are only minutes away from the city.

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Our representative office for the Americas in Mexico City houses about 10 staff members, who focus mainly on policy research and liaison with the region's central banks. Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world, with more than 20 million people. It offers a rich palette of entertainment and culture, and its diverse population is drawn from around the world. We offer support and assistance at all stages of relocation, and cover reasonable removal expenses.

Carlos on Mexico

Being born and raised in Mexico City I am really grateful to have the opportunity to work here. This is a great, cosmopolitan city. You will find a wide choice of restaurants serving unparalleled delicious food, alongside caf├ęs, bars and clubs. In addition, Mexicans are the kindest, most welcoming, and warmest people you could encounter. They make it easy to integrate for you and your family.

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