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Basel, Switzerland
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    (circa 300- )
    Located along the High Rhine River and the borders of France and Germany
    Population: 177,595 (2018)
    Serves world headquarters for the Bank for International Settlements
    Home of the Basel Minster, the University of Basel, Kunstmuseum Basel, Herzog & de Meuron and FC Basel
    Has two sister cities: Shanghai, China and Miami Beach, Florida
    It has been struck by two earthquakes (250 A.D. and 1356).
    A violent mass murder of Jews in this city took place during the Black Death plague pandemic.
    It was accidentally bombed by Allied forces in World War II (March 4, 1945).
    It was beaten by Thessaloniki, Greece for the title of the 'European Capital of Culture' (1997).
    Due to induced seismicity, its hot dry rock enhanced geothermal system project had to be cancelled because of its location on an active fault (December 2009).
    Its weather get really wet in May and has very cold winters.
    It often ranks as one of the world's most expensive places to live.
    It is overshadowed by Zurich and Geneva.
    It relies as a hub of its chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
    It has a large number of museums, art galleries, theatres and opera houses due to its arts cultural scene.
    It has the busiest border station in Europe.
    It hosted the World Zionist Congress 10 times in a five decade span (1897-99, 1901-05, 1911, 1927, 1931 and 1946).
    It held the Treaty of Basel which signaled the end of the Swabian War (1499).
    It hosts events such as Art Basel, the Carnival of Basel and Basel Tattoo.
    It has Switzerland's oldest zoo and Switzerland's oldest university.
    The works of Desiderius Erasmus are stored in the University of Basel.
    It has the world's oldest printing and publishing house, Schwabe AG.
    Tennis star Roger Federer, a native, called it 'one of the most beautiful cities in the world.'

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