Geneva (French: 'Genève', German: 'Genf') , Switzerlands second-most populous city, is one of the worlds major centers of international diplomacy, having served as the site of the initial headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Although the United Nations is now headquartered in New York, the organization still retains a large presence in Geneva at the Palais des Nations and many of its sister/child organizations, such as the World Health Organization and ILO. Geneva itself has only 188000 citizens but 780000 people live in the metropolitan region (Jan. 2009).
Geneva was one of the eight host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships.
Geneva is officially a French-speaking city, although with the large international presence English takes a close second. Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic speakers abound and of course you will also occasionally hear German and Italian.