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Home of International Organizations


Geneva, Genève in French, a city at the end of the lake Geneva (Lac Léman in French and Genfersee in German) is an international city of parks. Thirty-eight percent of the population of Geneva are foreigners. It is in the most beautiful of locations, centered around the point where the River Rhône flows out of Lake Geneva flanked on one side by the Jura ridges and on the other by the first peaks of the Savoy Alps.

In 1815, the canton joined the Swiss Confederation. The neoclassical transformation of this small city (25,000 inhabitants at the dawn of the 19th century) went hand in hand with the modernization of the hotel trade.

Over the centuries, Geneva had been the place of welcome and of liberty, strongly cosmopolitan. It has been the refugee for many people of renown such as John Calvin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Henry Dunant. Geneva is not just an ancient city between water and greenery, it is also a university town, with museums, libraries and many sports facilities. In Geneva are some of the world’s most expensive shops and most exquisite restaurants.

The spiritual father of the city is the Reformer Jean (or John) Calvin, the inspiration behind Puritanism and Presbyterianism, who turned Geneva into what was dubbed a “Protestant Rome” in the sixteenth century.

At the heart of the city is the huge Cathédrale St-Pierre, and packed in all around are an array of top-class museums, including the giant Musée d’Art et d’Histoire.

Geneva is home to dozens of international organizations. Two of them – the United Nations’European headquarters and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the latter with an award-winning museum – allow visitors a glimpse of the unseen lifeblood of the city, the diplomatic and administrative confidence that have made Geneva world capital of bureaucracy.


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In front of the Monument de Brunswick, located at the Quai du Mont Blanc, by the Bay of Geneva.

The duch of Brunswick took refugee in Paris and later in Geneva, where he spent the last 3 years of his life. After his death, he left his fortune to the government of Geneva, but in charge, he demanded that a mausoleum was constructed at an important site of the city, by the best artists of the time (19th century).


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The Jet d'Eau, seen from Quai du mont Blanc, next to the Rue des Alpes, near the Brunswick Monument.

The height of the jet is an incredible 140m, with 500 litres of water forced out of the nozzle every second at about 200kph. Each drop takes sixteen seconds to complete the round-trip from nozzle to lake and, on windy days, the plume can rapidly drench the surroundings.




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Last updated on: July 8, 2008.
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