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Swiss Village To Give $70,000 To Families Willing To Move In, And Here’s How Life Looks There
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Swiss Village To Give $70,000 To Families Willing To Move In, And Here’s How Life Looks There

Looking for a change of scenery? If a utopic, picturesque mountainside village in Switzerland sounds like your cup of tea, you’re in luck. The small village of Albinen, in the stunning Canton of Valais, is now offering families handsome sums of money to move to their remote community, and we just have one question – would you?

Albinen is a quiet, peaceful town with spectacular alpine views, but according to municipality president Beat Jost, families and young people are leaving in droves. The population has dwindled to a measly 240, and the village school has even closed, forcing the community’s 7 remaining children to commute to another nearby town. So, what’s a small village in a rich country to do in times like these? Pay off prospective new residents, of course!

The initiative is meant to attract families and people under age 45 who are seeking to buy or build a new home. Each adult will be offered a little over $25 thousand for their time, with each child being worth about $10 thousand. This means that a family of four could rake in more than $70 grand, provided their investment in a home totals at least $200k. If you’re like Feodor Vassilyev, the Russian peasant who sired 69 children with his first wife, you’d be in for over $700k. All those mangy kids of yours might finally prove to be a return on investment!

Scroll down to see the wondrous Albinen for yourself, and let us know if you’re booking plane tickets already in the comments.

This mountainside village in Switzerland is rolling out a bold new way to jump-start the local economy

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

The small community of Albinen is facing a population crisis, with only 240 people now inhabiting the area

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

Of those hundreds, only 7 children remain, and even the local school has been forced to close its doors

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

For families looking to buy or build a home in the village, a handsome offer will be made

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

Each adult will be payed just over $25k, while each of their children will receive about $10k, just for moving there

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

That’s a grand total of about $70k for a family of 4

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

If you’re like Mr. and Mrs. Vassilyev, the Russian peasants who sired 69 children, you’d be in for over $700k

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

That’s a relative bargain to live in the stunning Canton of Valais with million-dollar alpine views

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

Image credits: Gerhard Mathieu

Would you pack it all up and start a new life in Albinen?

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Tell us below!

 

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Mihkel Sonn
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh, well. Swiss person here. First of all, it's only CHF 25'000 for an adult. Second, You'll have to stay there for over 10 years while Albinen being Your main and only residence AND invest CHF 200'000 of Your own money (at minimum) for construction/renovation of a flat or a house. Otherwise You'll have to pay the money back. And last but not least - it's not even official yet, they're voting about it on November 30th. Chill out.

KK
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4 years ago

Downvoting myself to get your comment up. Good info.

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
4 years ago

How much for a 48 year old with 5 cats? How strong is wifi and does Amazon deliver? Call me Heidi! I'm in!!

LilicatUK
Community Member
4 years ago

Cats should count as children, because they are my babies!

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Troux
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4 years ago

$70,000 in Switzerland will cover groceries for the first year.

Lara B.
Community Member
4 years ago

Not even that :D

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Mihkel Sonn
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh, well. Swiss person here. First of all, it's only CHF 25'000 for an adult. Second, You'll have to stay there for over 10 years while Albinen being Your main and only residence AND invest CHF 200'000 of Your own money (at minimum) for construction/renovation of a flat or a house. Otherwise You'll have to pay the money back. And last but not least - it's not even official yet, they're voting about it on November 30th. Chill out.

KK
Community Member
4 years ago

Downvoting myself to get your comment up. Good info.

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
4 years ago

How much for a 48 year old with 5 cats? How strong is wifi and does Amazon deliver? Call me Heidi! I'm in!!

LilicatUK
Community Member
4 years ago

Cats should count as children, because they are my babies!

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Troux
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4 years ago

$70,000 in Switzerland will cover groceries for the first year.

Lara B.
Community Member
4 years ago

Not even that :D

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