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Financial Centres of the World: Geneva

Geneva is one of the world’s leading financial centres as well as being a global city. Geneva is the second most populated city in Switzerland and is often referred to as the “Peace Capital”. The city of Geneva is home to the European headquarters of the United Nation and is renowned as worldwide centre for diplomacy. The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization also have their headquarters in the city of Geneva.

Geneva was ranked the fourth most expensive city in the world in 2009 and the third highest for quality of life. Geneva benefits from a temperate climate with pleasantly warm summers and moderately mild winters. The city of Geneva is an attractive destination for people wishing to work, live or visit this exceptional metropolis.

Working in Geneva

Geneva benefits from a thriving economy and a low unemployment rate and many prestigious international organizations have offices in Geneva. The service industry is the chief economic driver and accounts for a large proportion of employment opportunities within Geneva. The finance sector and private banking are extremely well represented and the city is also an important centre for both international trade and commodity trading.

Geneva benefits from numerous excellent state and private schools and universities and a large proportion of the population go on to higher education, resulting in a highly skilled work force.

Living in Geneva

The city of Geneva is small yet urban and is home to approximately 191, 000 thousand people. Geneva is renowned as the most international city in Switzerland and is culturally diverse, offering both a bustling and vibrant downtown area as well as quiet residential areas, perfect for families.

The University of Geneva is renowned as one of the world’s best universities and the city is also home to the one the top education and research facilities, the CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research).

Geneva has been rated as having the third highest quality of life in the world and offers its inhabitants a very high standard of living.

Visiting Geneva

Geneva is home to eighty two sites and buildings listed as Swiss heritage sites including religious buildings, archeological sites, theaters, civic buildings and other cultural sites. Popular tourist attractions include Notre-Dame church, Musee Rath, Brunswick Monument, Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, Musee Ariana, College Clavin and Cathedral St-Pierre.

Geneva benefits from a highly developed public transportation system with bus and tram services operated by the Transport Publics Genevois (TPG). Train services are in operation throughout the city and surrounding areas and the city is served by the Geneva Cointrin International Airport.

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