Don’t you ever tire of the hustle and bustle of living in a big city? Urban life is just so hectic, isn’t it? Have you ever wished you could move away from the frenzy and live in a quiet and peaceful place? Perhaps a tiny little village in a mountain somewhere? How about Switzerland? Yes, a nice little cottage with a breathtaking view of the rolling green hills and snow-covered mountain tops of the Swiss Alps, surrounded by the sounds of nature and with a pristine blue sky hanging above head… It’s relaxing just imagining it.
This doesn’t have to be just a fantasy! Switzerland is practically inviting you to move in. And they are even willing to pay you!
Albinen is a picturesque little village in the canton of Valois, in southwestern Switzerland. In an effort to combat its impending extinction, the village is offering a handsome amount of money to people interested in moving in. In recent years, its population has been severely diminished with a great number of families leaving to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Currently, only 240 residents still remain, with only 7 children among the lot: too little to warrant the school remaining open.
Albinen boasts one church and one shop
And it offers a breathtaking view of the Alps
Unwilling to let their home fade away, the villagers have put forward a motion, yet to be approved by the council, to create an incentive for people to come and live in their remote community. They offer adults 25,000 francs ($25,489) each, and an additional fee of 10,000 francs ($10,196) for every child. We are looking at a potential sum of 70,000 francs ($71,370) for an average family of four.
Sounds great, so where’s the catch?
Indeed, there are a few conditions. To receive the attractive amount of money, you must be less than 45 years old. Also, you must either buy or build a house worth at least 200,000 francs ($203,915) in the village, and it must be your primary residence: using it as a vacation home is not acceptable. And you have to remain living there for at least 10 years, otherwise you forfeit the stipend. There isn’t a wide array of jobs available in the area either. However, the towns of Visp and Sion are nearby, and Bern and Geneva are a few hours away by car or train.
According to a newsletter to the residents, the village officials expect a return of the investment through taxes and construction contracts.