City partnerships: strong together

For Basel, strategic city partnerships are an integral part of external relations and promoting the area, as well as being important in developing an international network. All twinned cities build on the strengths of both partners. Basel focuses on activities that have a direct or indirect influence on the positive development of the area.

Basel’s President of the Government Elisabeth Ackermann visits the mayor of Shanghai Ying Yong regarding the 10th anniversary of the city partnership between Basel and Shanghai (2017).
Basel’s President of the Government Elisabeth Ackermann visits the mayor of Shanghai Ying Yong regarding the 10th anniversary of the city partnership between Basel and Shanghai (2017).

Twinning with Shanghai

The twinning with the Chinese economic hub of Shanghai has attracted numerous projects and exchange programmes in the areas of cutting-edge medicine, economy, education and research, sustainability, as well as culture and tourism since its launch on 19 November 2007.

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Twinning with Miami Beach

Basel has been working closely together with Miami Beach (USA) since 2002 because of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair. Basel and Miami Beach signed a partnership agreement on 28 November 2011, which focuses on the interests of both sides: Culture, tourism, economic development and education.

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Sister-State Agreement with Massachusetts

The partnership between the Canton of Basel-Stadt and the US Federal State of Massachusetts was already established on 20 June 2002, with the signing of a Sister-State Agreement. It focuses on research and science, business and culture.

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The Advisory Council

The canton has been under the care and progressive hand of an Advisory Council ever since the beginning of 2009. The council consists of 20 highly qualified individuals from the fields of commerce, science, education, associations, administration, culture and tourism whose sole aim is to further develop international partnerships.

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