Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zurich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhone exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
The municipality (ville de Genève) has a population (as of June 2014) of 196,257, and the canton (which is essentially the city and its inner-ring suburbs) has 479,158 residents. In 2011, the compact agglomeration franco-valdo-genevoise (Greater Geneva or Grand Geneve) had 915,000 inhabitants in both – Switzerland and France (< 30mins distance). Within Swiss territory, the commuter area named "Metropole lemanique" contains a population of 1.25 million. This area is essentially spread east from Geneva towards the Riviera area (Vevey, Montreux) and north-east towards Yverdon-les-Bains, in the neighbouring canton of Vaud (< 60mins distance).
|Executive||Conseil administratif with 5 members|
|Mayor||Maire (list) Sami Kanaan SPS/PSS (as of 2014)|
|Parliament||Conseil municipal with 80 members|
|Total||15.93 km2 (6.15 sq mi)|
|Elevation||375 m (1,230 ft)|
|Population (Jun 2014)|
|Density||12,000/km2 (32,000/sq mi)|