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Swiss cities are more accessible worldwide today than they were two years, as is shown in the current BAK Accessibility Index. Basel improved its accessibility within Europe in particular.
With the exception of Geneva, all Swiss cantonal capitals have succeeded in improving their global accessibility since 2014. The improvement of Swiss cities is above the European average, according to a study carried out by BAK Economics on behalf of the cantons of Basel-Stadt, Aargau and Zurich, as well as Zurich Airport AG.
The Basel region improved its position by three places compared to the previous index. Aarau, the capital of the canton of Aargau, and the city of Zurich were even able to climb up six places. These improvements over the past two years are especially important because, in a long-term comparison, rival cities in Europe have made greater progress than Switzerland with regard to global accessibility, according to BAK Economics.
Within Europe, the accessibility of Swiss locations decreased compared to 2014, however it still remains above the European average. BAK Economics attributes this decline to “weak economic developments in 2015 and 2016 in Switzerland and in core Europe”. Longer travel times to Austria, the UK and France also contributed.
Among the cantonal capitals, Basel was the only city to improve its accessibility within Europe, especially to Italy, Poland and Sweden. In addition to Basel, the cities of Aarau and Zurich also hold a leading position in Europe in terms of accessibility.