Latest News

Inside the UN and international organisations

100 years of multilateralism Swiss reaffirm their commitment to International Geneva

The Swiss authorities want to boost Geneva's role as a centre for global governance and expertise on issues like digitization and migration.

This content was published on September 16, 2019 8:13 PM

International Geneva Launch of Geneva foundation to promote ethics in digital world

Geneva is set to host a new foundation to oversee the “Swiss Digital Initiative” aimed at promoting ethical standards in the digital world.

This content was published on September 2, 2019 8:19 PM
Show more

Content about the topic

Consumer spending trends Study reveals Greater Geneva cross-border shopping imbalance

Geneva residents spend three times more than French shoppers during cross-border trips, according to a new survey.

This content was published on April 16, 2019 11:42 AM
Show more

Expat Life

Housing Geneva has most expensive family flats to rent

Family apartments in Geneva are the most expensive to rent, while those in St Gallen in the east of the country are the cheapest.

This content was published on May 9, 2019 3:13 PM

Consumer spending trends Study reveals Greater Geneva cross-border shopping imbalance

Geneva residents spend three times more than French shoppers during cross-border trips, according to a new survey.

This content was published on April 16, 2019 11:42 AM

Additional content about the topic

Here is additional information about the topic

Geneva: the facts

French-speaking Geneva is at the western end of Lake Geneva, surrounded on almost all sides by France. The canton has 103 kilometres of borders with Switzerland's neighbour and just 4.5 kilometres with the rest of the country.
 
The city itself has 202,000 inhabitants, while the canton has 498,221 (2017). The metropolitan Geneva area (which includes nine other towns) covers most of the canton and spreads across into France. Some 40% of the Geneva population is foreign.
 
Geneva is home to the headquarters of 37 international organisations, such as the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross. "International Geneva", as it is known, provides around one out of every ten jobs in the canton and contributes towards 11.3% of Geneva's gross domestic product (GDP), estimated at CHF5.8 billion (2016).
 
In all, some 31,987 international diplomats and civil servants are based in the city, of whom around 2,724 staff are working for 380 non-governmental organisations. Around 9,500 staff work for the United Nations family in Geneva, which is the largest concentration of UN personnel in the world. There are also 177 states represented by permanent diplomatic missions to the UN. Some 1,651 multinationals are also registered in Geneva, providing over 76,000 jobs.

Tour International Geneva on a bike

swissinfo.ch's Simon Bradley takes us on a whirlwind bicycle tour of the international district.

Show more