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Binningen coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of Basel-CountryCanton of Basel-Country Basel-Country (BL)
District : Arlesheim
BFS no. : 2765i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 4102
Coordinates : 609974  /  265 254 coordinates: 47 ° 32 '17 "  N , 7 ° 34' 16"  O ; CH1903:  609974  /  two hundred sixty-five thousand two hundred and fifty-four
Height : 296  m above sea level M.
Height range : 267–357 m above sea level M.
Area : 4.46  km²
Residents: i15,678 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 3515 inhabitants per km²
Location of the municipality
Deutschland Deutschland Frankreich Kanton Aargau Kanton Basel-Stadt Kanton Solothurn Kanton Solothurn Bezirk Laufen Bezirk Liestal Aesch BL Allschwil Arlesheim Biel-Benken Binningen Birsfelden Bottmingen Ettingen Münchenstein Muttenz Oberwil BL Pfeffingen BL Reinach BL Schönenbuch TherwilMap of Binningen
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Binningen ( Basel German : Binnige ) is a municipality in the Arlesheim district in the canton of Basel-Landschaft in Switzerland .

Due to its scenic integrity and location close to the city, the community is especially popular as a residential and villa suburb. In terms of average taxable income, the municipality is one of the wealthiest municipalities in the canton of Basel-Landschaft.


Historical aerial photo from 300 m by Walter Mittelholzer from 1925

Binningen is located in the Leimental at 292 m above sea level. M. and is the last municipality on the Birsig river before it flows into the Rhine in Basel . Its neighboring communities are Bottmingen in the south, Oberwil in the southwest , Allschwil in the west and the city of Basel in the north and east . Binningen has close contact with the city and is popular as a residential area. The area of ​​the municipality is 4.43 km², of which 68% are settlements, 23% are agricultural zones and 9% are forests.


Between the 11th and 14th centuries, the name of the municipality appeared in different variants, e.g. B. as "Binnengin" or "Biningin". In 2004, Binningen celebrated the oldest surviving mention of the place name in a document from 1004 with a big party under the motto: "Botz 1000".

coat of arms


Black pole with three silver stars on a silver background

The municipal coat of arms goes back to a family coat of arms of the Basel family "von Binningen" attested from 1292 to 1300, which was adopted by the municipality in 1921.


33% of the population are Reformed and 27% Roman Catholic . The proportion of foreigners is 20.4%.

Population development
year 1585 1774 1815 1850 1900 1950 1970 1980 1990 2000 2005 2008 2011 2016
Residents 25th 325 627 1,229 5,135 7,846 15,344 14,462 14,285 13,848 14,400 14,533 14,843 15,391


Community politics

City Council

8th 4th 11 7th 
A total of 40 seats

The residents' council as the highest legislative body of the municipality has 40 members who are each elected for four years. In the 2020–2024 electoral period, it will be composed as follows:

Political party FDP SP Green SVP CVP EPP
Seats 11 9 8th 7th 4th 1

Municipal council

The municipal council, as the planning, managing and executing authority of the municipality, consists of seven members and is elected for a period of four years. From 2020 to 2024 it will have three members each from the FDP and the Social Democrats as well as one member of the Greens.

National elections

In the Swiss parliamentary elections 2019, the share of the vote in Binningen was: FDP 22.8%, SP 23.3%, SVP 19.3%, Greens 18.2%, CVP 8.7%, glp 6.9%, EPP 2, 2%, BDP 1.0%.


Binningen has been on friendly terms with the city of Kaluga in Russia since 1993 . There are partnerships with the Swiss municipalities of Duvin in Graubünden and Soubey in Clos du Doubs (Canton Jura).


  • Binningen Castle , a former Weiherschloss, which was built in the 13th century, belongs to the community and has been an inn since 1870
  • Church of St. Margarethen on the Margarethenhügel
  • Holeeschloss from 1550.
  • Gasthof Neubad, former bath house from 1765.
  • Local museum
  • Monteverdi Car Collection, largest Swiss automobile museum (closed at the end of 2016)


The art exhibition Arte-Binningen has existed since 1992. It takes place every autumn and has developed from a local beginnings to an exhibition with international participation and themed special exhibitions.


The Spiegelfeld sports facilities offer a triple sports hall, an indoor swimming pool, soccer fields and various ancillary facilities such as a beach volleyball court, boules court, Finnish track, running track, hard court, tennis court, etc. There is also a restaurant.

Many clubs offer sports opportunities. The «SC Binningen» is probably the most famous football club in Leimental.

The “HB Blau Boys Binningen” handball club, together with the partner clubs from Oberwil and Therwil, is one of the largest clubs in Northwestern Switzerland. The interregional teams are listed under the label HSG Leimental . The athletics team in Binningen also offers training.


  • Friedrich Salathé (1793–1858), draftsman, graphic artist and painter
  • Jonas Breitenstein (1828–1877), pastor, poor worker and writer, 1852–1870 pastor in Binningen
  • Gustav Adolf Seiler (1848–1936), teacher, dialectologist and gymnast, born in Binningen
  • Curt Goetz (1888–1960), actor, writer, screenwriter and director; called his autobiography "The Memoirs of Peterhans von Binningen".
  • Willy Ackermann (1896–1973), actor, operetta buffo and cabaret artist, born in Binningen
  • Otto Brunner (1896–1973), communist and battalion commander in the Spanish Civil War, born in Binningen
  • Otto Abt (1903–1982), painter, born in Binningen
  • Ernst Baldinger (1911–1970), physicist
  • Hans Krattiger (1914–1993), theologian, editor, poet, wood cutter and painter, born in Binningen
  • Kurt Baldinger (1919–2007), Romance linguist, born in Binningen
  • Robert F. Schloeth (1927–2012), zoologist, grew up in Binningen and also spent the last years of his life here
  • Peter-Lukas Graf (* 1929), flautist, lives in Binningen
  • Peter Monteverdi (1934–1998), car maker, born in Binningen
  • Hans Fünfschilling (* 1940), FDP Councilor from 1999 to 2007, lives in Binningen
  • René C. Jäggi (* 1948), entrepreneur, lived in Binningen
  • Claude Janiak (* 1948), lawyer, politician (SP), President of the National Council 2006
  • Claude Cueni (* 1956), writer, lived in Binningen (today Allschwil)
  • Martin Senn (1957–2016), insurance manager, born in Binningen
  • Bernhard Heusler (* 1963), President of FC Basel 1893
  •  Markus Gerber (* 1975), sports scientist and university professor
  • Anja Becher (* 1977), actress
  • Oumar Kondé (* 1979), footballer
  • Griot , rapper
  • Vincent Gross , singer


  • Hans-Rudolf Heyer: The art monuments of the canton of Basel-Country. Volume I: The Arlesheim district, with introduction to the canton. (= Art Monuments of Switzerland. Volume 57). Edited by the Society for Swiss Art History GSK. Bern 1969, DNB 457321989 .
  • Beat von Scarpatetti among others: Binningen - the story. (= Sources and research on the history and regional studies of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft. Volume 85). Verlag des Kantons Basel-Landschaft, Liestal 2004, ISBN 3-85673-278-0 .

Web links

Commons : Binningen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent and non-permanent resident population by year, canton, district, municipality, population type and gender (permanent resident population). In: bfs. . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .
  2. ^ Paul Gutzwiller, Brigitta Strub: Binningen. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . August 10, 2004 , accessed August 15, 2018 .
  3. The Baselbiet tax havens are slowly drying up . In: bz Basellandschaftliche Zeitung . ( [accessed on August 15, 2018]).
  4. ^ Federal Statistical Office : NR - Results parties (municipalities) (INT1). In: Federal Elections 2019 | August 8, 2019, accessed August 1, 2020 .
  5. ^ Binningen community - overview , accessed on March 12, 2019
  6. ^ Hans-Rudolf Heyer: St. Margarethen-Kirche Binningen. (Swiss Art Guide, No. 135). Edited by the Society for Swiss Art History. Bern 1996.
  7. Spiegelfeld sports facilities on the Binningen website