Tourism hasn’t been enough to keep the people of Albinen from leaving, however. In December 2017 there are only 240 residents. After three families left the village, there aren’t even enough children to sustain a local school. “Next year only one child will go to nursery school and one to primary school” municipality mayor Beat Jost told the Daily Mail.
The citizens of Albinen are not ready to give up on their village, however, and in August, a group of its younger residents came up with a solution. They petitioned that the municipality offer an incentive, in the form of grants, to anyone willing to relocate to the alpine village.