Swiss-AS HQ is based in the beautiful and international city of Basel (Basilea) in the corner of the French and German borders. Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city (after Zürich and Geneva) with about 180,000 inhabitants. The official language is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local Basel German dialect.
The city is known for its many museums, ranging from the Kunstmuseum, the first collection of art accessible to the public in Europe (1661) and the largest museum of art in Switzerland, to the Fondation Beyeler. The University of Basel, Switzerland's oldest university (founded in 1460), and the city's centuries-long commitment to humanism, have made Basel a safe haven at times of political unrest in other parts of Europe for such notable people as Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Holbein family, Friedrich Nietzsche, and in the 20th century also Hermann Hesse and Karl Jaspers. The name of the city is internationally known through institutions like the Basel Accords, Art Basel and FC Basel.
The city has been a commercial hub and an important cultural centre since the Renaissance, and has emerged as a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and it is also the home to the world headquarters of the Bank for International Settlements.
Basel is Switzerland's second-largest economic centre after Zürich and has the highest GDP per capita in the country. In terms of value, over 94% of Basel City's goods exports are in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. With production facilities, Basel accounts for 20% of Swiss exports and generates one-third of the national product.
In 2019 Basel, was ranked among the ten most liveable cities in the world by Mercer together with Zürich and Geneva.