Geneva is located between the Alps and the Jura
mountains, at the extreme south-west of Switzerland and the Lake Geneva,
the largest lake in Western Europe. Geneva holds a privileged central
geographical position: it takes only a one hour flight to several major
cities of the Old Continent as e.g. Paris, Brussels (Europe’s
capital city), Milan, Florence, and less than two hours to London,
Rome or Madrid.
The second-most populous city in Switzerland (after Zurich), Geneva is truly
international - it is host to around 190 international organisations, both governmental
and non-governmental - and is therefore known as the smallest of big Capitals.
More details about Geneva (history, geography,
political, etc.) are available at http://www.geneva.ch/LifeInGeneva.htm
Switzerland is a federal state that occupies
an area of 41,287 Km² with a population of 6,750,000 inhabitants.
Four official languages are spoken: German, French, Italian and Romansch.
Most of the population is bi-lingual. The German-speaking part also uses
the so-called Schwyzerdütsch (Swiss German), a version of the German