13 Facts About Geneva Switzerland

1. Geneva Switzerland is a global city, a financial centre, and a worldwide centre for diplomacy due to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross.

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2. Together with, for instance, New York City, Basel (Bank for International Settlements), and Strasbourg (Council of Europe), Geneva Switzerland is a city serving as the headquarters of one of the most important international organizations, without being the capital of a country.

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3. In 2021, Geneva Switzerland was ranked as the world's ninth most important financial centre for competitiveness by the Global Financial Centres Index, fifth in Europe behind London, Zurich, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.

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4. In 2019, Geneva Switzerland was ranked among the ten most liveable cities in the world by Mercer together with Zurich and Basel.

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5. Geneva Switzerland was an Allobrogian border town, fortified against the Helvetii tribe, when the Romans took it in 121 BC.

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6. Geneva Switzerland flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries, becoming the seat of many international organizations.

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7. The second main river of Geneva Switzerland is the Arve, which flows into the Rhone just west of the city centre.

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8. Climate of Geneva Switzerland is a temperate climate, more specifically an oceanic climate.

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9. Any resident of Geneva Switzerland allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the Municipal Council.

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10. In June 2011, the average price of an apartment in and around Geneva Switzerland was 13,681 CHF per square metre.

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11. In 1802, during its annexation to France under Napoleon I, the Diocese of Geneva Switzerland was united with the Diocese of Chambery, but the 1814 Congress of Vienna and the 1816 Treaty of Turin stipulated that in the territories transferred to a now considerably extended Geneva Switzerland, the Catholic religion was to be protected and that no changes were to be made in existing conditions without an agreement with the Holy See.

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12. Oldest international school in the world is the International School of Geneva Switzerland, founded in 1924 along with the League of Nations.

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13. Several agencies are headquartered in Geneva Switzerland, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, International Telecommunication Union, the International Baccalaureate Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

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