Who we are

History

The Baloise Group can look back on an eventful history. Read more about our past and the milestones in our history.

Abridged version

The Basler Versicherungs-Gesellschaft gegen Feuerschaden (Baloise Insurance Company for Fire Damage) is founded in 1863. Today, it is known as the Baloise Group and operates in four countries under the umbrella of Bâloise Holding Ltd. At the time of its greatest geographical expansion, around 1938, it had offices in 51 countries worldwide. Baloise can look back on an eventful life. Despite its history and the changing needs of its customers, there is one principle to which Baloise has remained true at all times: the principle of safety.

Milestones

Impressions

The first Baloise Head Office is located at Nadelberg 20 in Basel.
The first Baloise Head Office is located at Nadelberg 20 in Basel.
The site of the later Gesellschaft für Chemische Industrie in Basel am Rhein, around 1879.
The site of the later Gesellschaft für Chemische Industrie in Basel am Rhein, around 1879.
The office building of Basler Feuer in Berlin, built from 1891 to1893. Even today, a basilisk sits enthroned above its entrance.
The office building of Basler Feuer in Berlin, built from 1891 to1893. Even today, a basilisk sits enthroned above its entrance.
Approach to Basel on the occasion of a flight show around 1920.
Approach to Basel on the occasion of a flight show around 1920.
Emergency camp around 1918 to fight the flu pandemic.
Emergency camp around 1918 to fight the flu pandemic.
Walk-in safe at the chalet in the National Redoubt guarded by the military. Up to 115 tons of goods are stored here.
Walk-in safe at the chalet in the National Redoubt guarded by the military. Up to 115 tons of goods are stored here.
The creation of the holding company logo: a basilisk lying down. The mythical creature stands for a watchful eye, a great ability to defend and the intimidation of dangerous enemies.
The creation of the holding company logo: a basilisk lying down. The mythical creature stands for a watchful eye, a great ability to defend and the intimidation of dangerous enemies.
Former seat of Mercator in Antwerp.
Former seat of Mercator in Antwerp.
The Head Office of Baloise Bank SoBa at Amtshausplatz 4, Solothurn.
The Head Office of Baloise Bank SoBa at Amtshausplatz 4, Solothurn.
Extension of building in Bad Homburg, Head Office of the Baloise Group Germany.
Extension of building in Bad Homburg, Head Office of the Baloise Group Germany.
The construction of Baloise’s new Head Office in Basel is set for completion by 2020.
The construction of Baloise’s new Head Office in Basel is set for completion by 2020.

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