10 things to know about Geneva

Geneva the economic

  1. - More than 140 multinationals and 200 international organisations are based in Geneva, including the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Trade Organization.
  2. - The International Geneva Motor Show it’s more than 690’000 vistors per year, which makes it one of the most important car show in the world. The event is held in March at the Palexpo, and exhibits more than 900 types of car.
  3. - With its 27 km of circumference, the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider. In 2012, the existence of the Higgs boson is confirmed.

Geneva the touristic

  1. - Geneva (183’981 inhabitants in 2016) is the second biggest city in Switzerland after Zürich (341’730 inhabitants in 2016). Many people think that Geneva is the capital city of Switzerland when it is in fact the city of Bern.
  2. - The Jet d’Eau projects more than 16 tons of water into the air and reaches a height of 140 meters.
  3. - Geneva is one of the most international cities in the world with 40% of its residents being foreigners.

Geneva the historic

  1. - The Web (World Wide Web) has been created by Tom Berners at the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva in 1989.
  2. - Geneva is part of Switzerland since 1815 only, as the canton used to be independent.
  3. - The second hand of the famous Flower Clock is one of the biggest in the world with its height of 2.5 meters.
  4. - The famous writer and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva in 1712. The house where he grew up remains in the old-town of Geneva.