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A view of Basel, Switzerland.

Basel is - after Zurich and Geneva - the third most populated city of Switzerland, though it has only 168,000 inhabitants. The city of Basel and the communities of Riehen and Bettingen form the canton Basel-Stadt: until 1833, Basel-Stadt and Basel-country (German: Basel-Landschaft) stood united as a canton Basel, which had joined the Swiss Confederation in 1501.