Geneva is the second-most populous city in Switzerland (after Zurich), located where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone River. It is the capital of the Canton of Geneva.
Genava was the name of a settlement of the Celtic people of the Allobroges, and the name of Genava (or Genua) in Latin appeared for the first time in the writings of Julius Caesar in De Bello Gallico, his comments on the Gallic Wars.
Geneva is the seat of many international organizations, including the World Trade Organization, CERN, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the World Council of Churches and several United Nations organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Children's Fund, the World Intellectual Property Organization etc. Geneva also hosts The International Committee of the Red Cross and Amnesty International. It was also the seat of the League of Nations until its dissolution.
Notable sights in Geneva include its Clock Museum, Art & History Museum and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.
Geneva's most visible landmark however is not a museum, church or tower, but a fountain: the Jet d'Eau, (water-jet), situated in Lake Geneva and visible throughout the city for its 140 metre high water column.
Population; (Dec. 2003) of the city of Geneva: 184,758, of which 44.2% foreign.
Population; (Dec. 2003) of the canton of Geneva: 434,500, of which 38.7% foreign.
The official website of the City of Geneva (http://www.ville-ge.ch/index_e.htm)
For a more information about Geneva see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva) December 2005
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This information was correct in December 2005. E. & O.E.
During 1978, my daughter, Sarolta and I spent some time travelling around Switzerland, visiting many cities and other attractions.
We have enjoyed our visit to Bern.
Hui Chin and I stayed a few days in Bern to explore the city from head to toe.
We have enjoyed our stay, but expensive.
We especially enjoyed riding the steam tram (See my Bern Steam Tram page).
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