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?
The village only has 240 residents, with many moving away in great numbers over the last few years. If you’ve ever wanted to live in a quiet, picturesque town in the mountains, the time is now.
The Swiss village of Albinen, near Leukerbad in the canton of Valais, will be voting on an initiative that would offer money to non-residents who are willing to live in the village for at least 10 years.
These new residents will be paid 25,000 francs (about $25,200 USD) per adult and 10,000 francs (just over $10,000 USD) per child, according to the town’s newsletter, as translated by The Local.
Residents of the tiny village have been moving away in great numbers over the last few years, prompting the vote. The village itself only has 240 residents, and the mass departures greatly influence the town’s economic success.
Many of the people who have been moving away are young people — especially families. According to Swiss news agency ATS, the local school had to close after three families moved away….
If you are one of those people who wants to leave bustling city life behind, there are a few criteria you must meet.
If you move away before 10 years is up, you must pay the town back for their investment.
Ten years in a beautiful, if quaint, Swiss town actually doesn’t sound too bad.