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Basel ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} or {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; or less often used Basle;<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> German: Basel{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} pronounced [ˈbaːzəl]; French: Bâle{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} [bɑl]; Italian: Basilea{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} [baziˈlɛːa]; Romansh: Basilea{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} [baziˈlɛːa]) is Switzerland's third most populous city (behind Zürich and Geneva) with about 195,000 inhabitants.<ref name=BSSKompakt>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. In 2014, the Basel agglomeration was the third largest in Switzerland with a population of 537,100<ref name=Agglomeration>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> in 74 municipalities in Switzerland and an additional 53 in neighboring countries (municipal count as of 2000).<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The tri-national Basel metropolitan area has around 830,000 inhabitants in 226 municipalities.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Located in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The Basel region, culturally extending into German Baden-Württemberg and French Alsace, reflects the heritage of its three states in the modern Latin name: "Regio TriRhena". It has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460).

The official language of Basel is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.

Basel is among the most important cultural centres of Switzerland. The city comprises a large number of theatres and many museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public. In addition, the Theater Basel was chosen in 1999 as the best stage for German-language performances and in 2009 & 2010 as "Opera of the Year" by German Opera Magazine "Opernwelt".<ref>Basel: culture pure basel-virtuell.ch. Retrieved on 24 March 2010</ref>


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