Has life got you down? Are you tired of the 9-5 grind and non-creative living? If so, perhaps it’s time to broaden your horizons and do something new — such as pack your things and move to a picturesque Swiss Village. Believe it or not, you can actually get paid to do exactly this.
In the small Swiss village of Albinen, located near Leukerbad in the canton of Valais, the city council is willing to pay families to relocate there. The policy will go to a vote on November 30th. If it passes, outsiders who agree to reside in the town for at least one decade will be rewarded with a generous payment.
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According to The Local, there are just 240 inhabitants in the village. Like other villages in Switzerland, the dwindling population is of great concern. Young families, especially, are choosing to leave the village. ATS reports that three families have left in the last year alone, taking eight children with them. As a result, the local school was forced to close.
To boost the population, local residents haven’t just asked, they’ve demanded the city council do something. The plan includes paying individuals and families to move to the charming town. Eligible families, bachelors, and bachelorettes will receive 25,000 francs per adults and 10,000 francs per child to move to the village, according to the community’s newsletter. For a family of four, that’s a 70,000 (about $71,290 USD) payout!
There are some stipulations, of course. Eligible individuals need to be under the age of 45 and agree to live in the village for at least a decade (mentioned above). Additionally, the property to be bought or built must have a minimum value of 200,000 francs (over $200k USD). Finally, it must be a permanent home — not a second residence. Those who leave the village before the ten-year deadline will be required to pay back the money. As a result, we recommend you only move if quiet, village life suits you.
To pay for the initiative, the commune intends to start a fund that receives 100,000 francs a year. According to village authorities, the policy is affordable — and, as a result, a smart one. The commune newsletter reads, “It is an investment in the village’s future. In a best-case scenario, even the village school will reopen.”
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The paper added that long-time residents will benefit from the new neighbors through taxes, construction contracts, and purchases in the village’s chops. Young people, especially, are expected to infuse creativity and livelihood into the community.
Albinen is situated at 1,300 meters altitude and overlooks the Rhône valley. As a result, it guarantees spectacular views, pure mountain air, and the charm of a small community. The thermal resort of Leukerbad is just six kilometers away. For those who can’t leave city life for good, VIsp and Sion are just a half-hour drive away.
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Source: The Local