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UN Human Rights Council China steps up diplomatic efforts in Geneva to deflect censure

China and its alleged mistreatment of Uighurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region was at the centre of the 40th UN Human Rights Council session.

Media under pressure Proposed UN convention aims to better protect journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) explains why it believes a new treaty is needed to protect media workers’ rights worldwide.

International Geneva Red Cross develops war video games – with rules

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is developing video games as a training tool to teach the rules of war.

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Expat Life

pleasant living Swiss cities retain top quality of life status

Three Swiss cities feature in the top 10 of the latest Mercer quality of living ranking, which once again is top-heavy with European metropolises.

This content was published on March 13, 2019 1:28 PM

‘Papyrus’ project Geneva to regularise 3,500 clandestine immigrants

Around 3,500 undocumented migrants living in Geneva are expected to be regularised under the ‘Papyrus’ scheme launched in 2015.

Dual nationals Geneva: Switzerland’s most cosmopolitan canton

New statistics underline Geneva’s status as the most international canton: almost two-thirds of residents have a foreign passport.

Swiss in France Outcry as Geneva keeps banning crossborder pupils

Canton Geneva wants to stop crossborder pupils from attending its schools. The move has angered many Swiss living in neighbouring France.

Life abroad Switzerland rated fifth-best country for expat careers

Switzerland is one of the most popular countries for international workers, who appreciate in particular the good work-life balance.

This content was published on January 17, 2019 2:07 PM

Five proposals Zurich wants to ease political participation for non-Swiss

Switzerland’s biggest city attracts many expatriates. But it does not grant them any say in political matters in a country proud of its democracy.

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Geneva: the facts

French-speaking Geneva is at the western end of Lake Geneva, surrounded on almost all sides by France. The canton has 103 kilometres of borders with Switzerland's neighbour and just 4.5 kilometres with the rest of the country.
 
The city itself has 202,000 inhabitants, while the canton has 498,221 (2017). The metropolitan Geneva area (which includes nine other towns) covers most of the canton and spreads across into France. Some 40% of the Geneva population is foreign.
 
Geneva is home to the headquarters of 37 international organisations, such as the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross. "International Geneva", as it is known, provides around one out of every ten jobs in the canton and contributes towards 11.3% of Geneva's gross domestic product (GDP), estimated at CHF5.8 billion (2016).
 
In all, some 31,987 international diplomats and civil servants are based in the city, of whom around 2,724 staff are working for 380 non-governmental organisations. Around 9,500 staff work for the United Nations family in Geneva, which is the largest concentration of UN personnel in the world. There are also 177 states represented by permanent diplomatic missions to the UN. Some 1,651 multinationals are also registered in Geneva, providing over 76,000 jobs.

Tour International Geneva on a bike

swissinfo.ch's Simon Bradley takes us on a whirlwind bicycle tour of the international district.

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