About Geneva

IFSO - About Geneva

With its exceptional setting on the shores of Switzerland’s largest lake and at the foot of Europe’s highest mountain – Mont-Blanc – Geneva is unique among its kind. The city treasures its quality of life and proudly exhibits its giant water fountain, the “Jet d’Eau”.

The birthplace of the Swiss watchmaking industry is a paradise for luxury shopping and offers its visitors first-class services and accommodation.

World-renowned as the Capital of Peace, Geneva’s small-town cosiness combined with its international vocation always surprises. Moving around is easy in this metropolis steeped in history.

Science magazine has called the Lake Geneva Region the “Number One cluster for life sciences research in continental Europe”. Geneva offers many assets for the continued development of this sector: well-known existing companies attract newcomers, while the science and technology focus of Geneva’s universities, graduate schools, R&D facilities and technology centers ensures that research remains at the cutting edge.

Geneva is part of BioAlps, the fastest growing life science cluster in the world. The BioAlps cluster ranks among the first three European centres for research in biotechnology and medical technologies, alongside Cambridge and Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Due to its international nature and multicultural tradition, Geneva offers the ideal location for globalized companies. Over 140 multinationals have already established themselves in Geneva, not to mention 36 international organizations (IOs), over 300 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and 200 diplomatic missions, thereby making Geneva a cosmopolitan city, with a foreign population of 40%.

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What could be better than a tour of the city to get your bearings? By bus, on foot, in a boat, accompanied by a professional guide or a private tour, choose from a selection of tours and excursions on Geneva’s official visitors website! Explore Geneva's top 10 must-sees for an unforgettable stay: Geneva's Jet d'Eau fountain, the old town, the Palace of Nations, the flower clock, museums, Mont-Salève, CERN, Carouge… plus much more.