Location of Geneva
Genève (Canton of Geneva)
|Coordinates: 46°12′N 6°09′E / 46°12′N 6°09′E / 46.200; 6.150
with 5 members
(as of 2015)
with 80 members
| • Total
||15.92 km2 (6.15 sq mi)
|Elevation (Pont du Mont Blanc)
||375 m (1,230 ft)
|Highest elevation (Chemin du Pommier)
||457 m (1,499 ft)
|Lowest elevation (Le Rhône)
||370 m (1,210 ft)
|Population (Dec 2016
| • Total
| • Density
||12,000/km2 (32,000/sq mi)
Romansh: Genevra) is the
second-most populous city in
Zürich) and is the most populous city of the
Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the
Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the
Republic and Canton of Geneva.
The municipality (ville de Genève) has a population (as of December 2016 ) of 198,979, and the
canton (which is essentially the city and its inner-ring suburbs) has 489,524 residents.
 In 2014, the compact agglomération du
Grand Genève had 946,000 inhabitants in 212 communities in both Switzerland and France.
 Within Swiss territory, the commuter area named "Métropole lémanique" contains a population of 1.26 million. This area is essentially spread east from Geneva towards the Riviera area (
Montreux) and north-east towards
Yverdon-les-Bains, in the neighbouring canton of
Geneva is a
global city, a financial center, and worldwide center for
diplomacy due to the presence of numerous
international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the
 and the
 Geneva is the city that hosts the highest number of international organizations in the world.
 It is also the place where the
Geneva Conventions were signed, which chiefly concern the treatment of wartime non-combatants and
prisoners of war.
In 2017 Geneva was ranked as the world's fifteenth most important
financial centre for competitiveness by the
Global Financial Centres Index, fifth in Europe behind London, Zürich, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.
 A 2009 survey by
Mercer found that Geneva has the third-highest
quality of life of any city in the world (behind
Zürich for expatriates; it is narrowly outranked by Zürich).
 The city has been referred to as the world's most compact metropolis and the "Peace Capital".
 In 2017, Geneva was ranked as the seventh
most expensive city in the world.