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This Spectacular Swiss Village Is Offering Families Almost $70,000 To Live There

By Vishnu Sharma, 24 November 2017

If you have ever wished to live in a picturesque mountain town, breathe that freshly crisp air and feel the wonders of nature in your vicinity, then you’re in for a lucky deal. A stunning Swiss village is going to vote for a policy that will allow non-residents to get paid to live in the village. The votes will be cast on 30th November and the decision in this direction was made because of the recent exodus of the permanent residents of the village of Albinen, located in the southern part of Switzerland.

1The Reason For The Lucrative Offer

You must be wondering, exactly why is the village offering so much money to live there? Actually many people from the village have been moving out, especially the young families and this has lead to a situation where there are now only 240 people living in this quaint little village in the Canton of Valias. The town has always had only a few hundred people as its resident, the highest never ever exceeding to even 400 since the 1850s.

The only school in the village had to shut down because there were just 7 children in the community and now those children are forced to go the nearby town to get education. It was this scenario that lead to a petition made by locals to the council, so that something could be done to reverse the population plunge.

village in the Canton of Valias

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2What Exactly Is The Offer?

According to the proposed plan of the authorities, anyone who wishes to buy or build a house in the village will be eligible for a grant of 25,000 Swiss francs (almost $25,400) per adult and 10,000 Swiss francs (a little over $10,000) per child. So, this means that if you move as a family of four, you can easily get around $70,000. And obviously if you have more members in the family, then you are worth a lot more in the village of Albinen.

But before you start calculating the amount that you might get upon reaching Albinen, let us also tell you the conditions that go with this offer.

swiss village albinen

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3Terms And Conditions Going With The Offer

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easily and the same goes with this offer that lets you live in a beautiful mountain town nestled in the Swiss Alps! Following are the conditions which will have to be met if you want the subsidy to live in the Swiss village where the first language spoken by people is German:

  1. You must be under 45 years of age when you apply to become a resident of the village.
  2. You must live in the village for a minimum of 10 years. If you decide to leave the place before 10 years, then you will have to pay back the amount given to you by the authorities. 
  3. You must buy or build a house whose minimum value must be of 200,000 Swiss francs.
  4. The house must be the permanent house where you live and not any secondary or a holiday house. So, basically, you will have to live in the village to avail any part of the deal. 

The Mayor of the town, Beat Jost told the Swiss National News Agency, ATS that large residential complexes made by investors and second homes are simply out of question.

Now, with these conditions, there might be little chances that people would want to take up the opportunity, but we never know who may want to stay here. And for those of you who are still interested, we thought you might want to know what all can you get if you indeed make this move. Hope on to the next section…

swiss village albinen living offer

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4What All Can You Get In Albinen?

Lucrative livelihood opportunities mostly make people leave their native towns and villages. This has been happening to not only Albinen, but many other places in various countries since time immemorial, but even in this chaotic migration of sorts, some people choose to stay close to nature. Being able to start the day with a stunning sunrise and breathing the fresh mountain air overlooking the breathtaking alpine views of a valley can be someone’s idea of a perfect life. And if you think that this vision resonates with the path of life that you want to tread on, then this opportunity is indeed a ‘Golden’ one.

According to the Mayor, there are not many jobs in Albenin, but there are larger towns of Visp and Sion only half an hour drive away. He says that if people start coming up, the school also might reopen.

Apart from the pristine views and other elements of nature, you can even head to the thermal resort of Leukerbad, which is only 6 kilometers away from the town to have the occasional outings that we all need from time-to-time.

Lucrative livelihood opportunities

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5Hopes For A Better Future

The newsletter which gave out the information about this motion was published on the official website of the village. According to the newsletter, the move is an investment in the future of the village. The authorities believe that the new community of people will be able to help the economy of the village through construction contracts, taxes and purchases made from the village shop. And the young people will inject life into the village, which as of now looks very quiet.

albinen village

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So at the end of it all, how does this offer look to you now? Would you still be interested to move in here? Tell us in the comments section below.


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