About Geneva

Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and the most populous city of Romandie, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhone river exits Lake Léman, it is nested between the southern edge of the Jura mountain range and the Alps. Geneva is an ideal departure point for a wide variety of tourist destinations in Switzerland, France and Italy, including Lake Léman, the Swiss, French and Italian Alps, Montreux and its Jazz festival, the Swiss and French Jura, Lyon and the French Rhone Valley as well as Evian, Lausanne, Bern, Basel and Zurich. Geneva is a global city, a financial centre, a worldwide centre for diplomacy and the most important UN international co-operation centre with New York. Geneva has been described as the third European financial centre after London and Zurich, and the world's eighth most important financial centre by the Global Financial Centres Index. A 2009 survey by Mercer found Geneva to have the third-highest quality of life of any city in the world (narrowly outranked by Zürich). The city has been referred to as the world's most compact metropolis and the "Peace Capital".