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Geneve Travel Guide, Switzerland

Geneve, Switzerland - Overview

Geneve, or Geneva in English, is nestled in Switzerland’s western section. It has a population of over 400,000 and more than 37% of its people are foreigners. This is the third biggest city in Switzerland and is considered as a true cosmopolitan city. It is home to countless international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the European Office of the UN, the International Labor Organization as well as the World Health Organization. Geneva is also among the world's preferred locations for annual congresses, trade fairs, and other important meetings.


The city is situated at 46°12 North and 6°09' East, at Lake Geneva’s southwestern point. Geneva is flanked by two mountain chains namely the Jura and the world-famous Alps. The area of the city is 15.86 square kilometers.


Geneva has a pleasant central European weather with considerably low rainfall. July and August are the best months to visit Geneva, as the weather during those months is generally good, although this is also when tourists flock to the city and accommodation is truly expensive.  June and September are somewhat cooler months and room rates in Geneva hotels are considerably cheaper. Because of its altitude, temperature in Geneva hardly ever reaches past 25° C and during winter, the temperature could drop down to way below 0° C. Plenty of guests come to Geneva during the skiing season, which typically starts in October and ends in April.


French is the official language in Geneva but English and German are also commonly spoken.


Geneva makes use of the Swiss Franc. Exchange of currencies could be done at train stations and post offices. Since Geneva is among the world’s banking capitals, ATMs are generally common in the city.


Healthcare, public administration, and business services contribute significantly to the city but Geneva is best known for its unparalleled banking and financial services. The industrial sector of the city is mostly focused on some value-added activities that are designed for international markets. Some remarkable industries include clock and watch manufacturing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and the creation of fine jewelry.


The Geneva International Airport provides international flights and inter-Europe flights like those to Munich, London, Paris, and Rome. Other means of transport include buses, trains, and ferries. Geneva boasts of exceptional road and rail networks that link the city to the rest of the country and Europe.

Geneva may be branded as a costly place to work in and live in, but it is also known as a beautiful, spotless, and efficient city that takes pride in its growing economy.

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