Known both as the «smallest of big cities», or the «city of peace», Geneva, among other things, is home to the European headquarters of UNO. The quayside of Lake Geneva, the parks, the old alleyways and smart boutiques are an invitation to a leisurely stroll.
Geneva is linked to Europe’s capital cities by its international airport, motorways and railway network. It is the seat of a number of major multinationals, as well as the International Red Cross Committee.
What is so special about Geneva for the Swiss and the rest of the world? The answer is that it has far greater international influence than any other city of 200 000 inhabitants. Today, Switzerland’s second largest city is home to around twenty international organizations. The permanent missions of over 160 States represent their governments in the city’s international conferences and organizations.
Geneva is a centre focused on the international economy. Whether private corporate or business, finance, in its widest sense, undeniably plays a major economic role in Geneva, which is a base for around a hundred foreign banks.
City of culture
A dynamic, international city like Geneva devotes a large part of its budget to cultural affairs. Supporting creativity in the arts and facilitating public access to culture in all its forms are the principal policy objectives of the Department of Culture and Sport.
City of parks
Geneva is one of the greenest cities in Europe: 20% of the country is covered in green areas. It is often called the «city of parks». These green areas, in fact, contribute greatly to the quality of life of its inhabitants.