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It’s like a question on a game show.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Geneva?

Geneva City

The City of Geneva. Picture Source.

The birthplace of the internet!

The United Nations!

Chocolate!

The International Red Cross!

The Geneva Convention!

Skiing!

And the contestants’ answers are all correct.

The Swiss city of Geneva is so many things to so many different kinds of people.

The unofficial innkeeper of world peace, Geneva is considered the global hub of international corporations with 130 multinational corporations headquartered here.

And, the destination of many air travelers.

Where is Geneva Airport located?

Geneva Cointrin Airport

Aerial view of Geneva Cointrin airport. Picture Source.

The Geneva Airport is located on the Switzerland/France border. The airport has both a French Sector and a Swiss Sector. Geneva Airport is also called Cointrin Airport, named after the village in which it is located. The airport is four miles from the center of Geneva where the United Nations and many international headquarters are located and is within walking distance to the French border.

The French town closest to Geneva is Annemasse, which is less than a mile away.

How do the airport’s two sectors work?

The Geneva Airport is divided into a French Sector and a Swiss Sector.

There are signs inside and outside the airport to help passengers navigate getting to and from the two sectors.

They offer identical services, just as separate countries.

To get to the entrance to the French Sector, follow signs that say “Aéroport secteur France.”

Terminal 1 is the main terminal. Terminal 2 is used only during the winter season when charter jets, mostly carrying skiers, overwhelm the main terminal.

The two sectors were maintained even after Switzerland and France joined the Schengen area.

The Geneva Airport accepts visitors from Schengen and non-Schengen countries.

Airport Information for Geneva Cointrin Airport (LSGG, GVA)

AIRPORT INFORMATION
ICAOLSGG
IATAGVA
LOCATIONGeneva, Switzerland
FACILITY TYPEAIRPORT
Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
23/05 12795 164 CON 1410.06557
23R/05L 2700 98 GRS 1410.06557

Falcon 7X landing at Geneva Airport

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What is the Schengen area?

The Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and other border controls at their common borders. It has given the hundreds of millions of people who live in the countries to come and go freely within the area without passport checks.

It also allows the residents of the 26 countries to travel internationally as if having come from one country because they all have identical travel and movement rights.

The 26 European countries in the Schengen area are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Geneva Cointrin Airport

Panoramic view of Geneva Cointrin Airport. Picture Source.

What is the Geneva Airport code?

Geneva’s IATA code is GVA; its ICAO code is LSGG.

Who uses the Geneva Airport?

More than 13 million passengers use the Geneva Airport every year. Some are tourists, coming for the skiing or the chocolate or the cheese but most come to the international city of Geneva on business. And, many of those businessmen charter private jets to get there.

Most major cities in Europe are easily reached from Geneva Airport in less than two hours.

Paramount Business Jets can help you charter private jets in and out of Geneva Airport.

Why visit Geneva?

Geneva City

Views of Geneva. Picture Source.

Geneva, the second largest city in Switzerland after Zurich, is called the most international city in Europe with 40 percent of its population coming from outside the country. Geneva is about 170 miles southwest of Zurich.

Geneva, where more than dozens of international organizations are headquartered, is considered the seat of international power. It is home to the International Red Cross and the United Nations.

That business reputation has also given Geneva the reputation of being a boring city, which visitors insist it isn’t. While it is more conservative than Zurich – you likely won’t find EDM festivals in Geneva – it is breathtakingly beautiful.

Located on the shore of Lake Geneva at the mouth of the Rhone River, Geneva is surrounded by France on the west, south and east. The French Alps are to the east, the Jura Mountains to the west.

Lake Geneva is Europe’s largest lake and the origin of Evian mineral water. The lake is crystal clear, fed by the melted snow from the Alps.

Geneva is a favorite travel destination with plenty of highways and high-speed rail to the French cities of Paris and Milan as well as to cities in Germany and Spain.

Why is it called International Geneva?

Switzerland, located in the heart of Western Europe, has worked hard to remain a neutral nation.

Geneva’s reputation of being an international city began with the founding of the Red Cross in 1863. The city’s focus on humanity, neutrality and world peace has helped turn it into the place where important people and governments meet to solve big problems.

Switzerland, with its spirit of caring about humanity, has had the role of playing host to international organizations since the 1800s.

And, Geneva has remained the most cosmopolitan of all Swiss cities with 40 percent of its inhabitants coming from outside Switzerland. Most residents speak at least two but mostly three languages.

Close to 150 multinational corporations have offices in Geneva.

Why do they come here?

Geneva is not only central to Europe, it also has fairly easy access to the Middle East and Africa. International banks, high-tech companies, biotech companies are drawn to Geneva and the world-class conditions and benefits the city offers.

Switzerland has worked hard to remain a neutral nation.

Why is peace brokered in Geneva?

“Geneva is located right at the heart of global governance,” Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, head of the Swiss Mission to the United Nations, said.

“Decisions made here have a direct impact on the daily lives of people all around the world. In Geneva, a wide array of areas are represented, ranging from human rights and humanitarian affairs to migration and health, labour, economic trade and intellectual property, telecommunications and meteorology.

“In the face of major upheavals affecting the world today, with humanitarian crises becoming increasingly complex, and given the growing challenges facing our planet, International Geneva provides an ideal setting to find consensus and common solutions,” Zellweger said.

And, perhaps most importantly, “Geneva is an international city with a universal vocation. It hosts the second United Nations headquarters and 34 other international institutions and organizations. 175 states are represented in the city, with 256 permanent representations. Civil society is active through more than 250 non-governmental organizations. With approximately 2,400 annual meetings involving almost 200,000 delegates from around the world, Geneva is the biggest center for international conferences in the world,” Zellweger said.

In addition, the large number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their representatives, which are increasingly important at the United Nations, serve as the voice for ordinary citizens all over the world.

What businesses are in Geneva?

Geneva’s main industries are banking, technology and tourism. Here is a snapshot of some of Geneva’s largest or most important businesses:

The World Bank Group, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and provides financial and technical assistance to developing nations, has a World Bank Group Geneva Office.

The World Bank Group’s mission is to end extreme poverty by increasing salaries and the number of jobs in third-world countries. The World Bank Group Geneva Office focuses on several issues, including international trade and climate change adaptation. The Geneva Office, reflecting the city’s part in world peacekeeping and humanitarian aid, monitors human rights, migration patterns, water and the environment.

There are also more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Geneva-Zurich area, including (in the order in which they appear on the Fortune 500 list):

  • Glencore International: The world's largest commodities trader (coal, cotton, jet fuel, gasoline, metals, minerals and oil).
  • Nestlé: The food and beverage company produces brands that include Stouffer’s, Gerber, Haagen-Dazs, Purina and Perrier and Poland Springs waters.
  • Novartis: A pharmaceutical company responsible for brands including Excedrin, Maalox and Theraflu.
  • Roche Group: A pharmaceutical company that also makes diagnostic and monitoring equipment for such things as genetics and diabetes.
  • Credit Suisse: Banking and investments.
  • UBS AG: Created in 1997 when the Union Bank of Switzerland and the Swiss Bank merged, this company provides wealth and asset management.
  • ABB Group: Maker of robots and control systems for factories.
  • Alliance Boots: Drug wholesaler that provides pharmaceuticals to pharmacies and hospitals in more than 20 countries. It is in the process of merging with Walgreen’s in the United States.
  • Xstrata: One of the world’s largest copper mining companies.
  • Coop Group: Retailer that operates almost 1,000 grocery and department stores in Switzerland.
  • Adecco Group: The world’s largest employment agency.
  • Swiss Re: Insurance company.
  • Migros: Retailer of department stores, hotels, banks and gas stations around Europe.
  • Holcim: One of the world’s largest cement makers with subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

What language is spoken in Geneva?

Switzerland actually has three official languages: French, German and Italian.

Geneva is predominantly French-speaking but most residents speak at least one other language.

About a quarter of the population speaks English but the majority of foreigners do.

One will hear just about every language spoke on the streets of the International City.

When in doubt, start off a conversation in French – at least the greeting.

You might at least want to remember how to say the most important phrase of all, “Hello. I don’t speak French.”

“Bonjour. Je ne parle pas français.”

FBOs and Handlers at Geneva Cointrin Airport, LSGG, GVA

NAME ADDRESS PHONE WEBSITE
Privatport S.A.  CHEMIN DES PAPILLONS 18  (412) 230-1260   
Tag Aviation  18 Chemin Des Papillions 1215 Geneva 15 Airport Geneva,1215  41-22-7170123   
Transairco Sa  PO BOX 836  (412) 271-4434   
Jet Aviation  18 CHEMIN DES PAPILLONS  +41 58 158 1811   
Ruag Aviation   fbo.aviation@ruag.com  +41227104434   

METAR Weather Data at Geneva Cointrin Airport, LSGG, GVA

STATIONLSGG
OBSERVEDSun Dec 16, 16:50 UTC
NOWSun Dec 16, 16:59 UTC
AGE9 min ago
WINDENE at 5 mph
VISIBILITY7 miles
CONDITIONSlight rain & mist
CLOUDSmostly cloudy
TEMP41°F (5°C)
WIND CHILL38°F (3°C)
DEWPT39°F (4°C)
HUMIDITY93%
BAROMETER1013 hPa (29.91 in Hg)
METARLSGG 161650Z 06004KT 040V100 4500 -RA BR FEW004 BKN007 05/04 Q1013 NOSIG

What is Switzerland’s currency?

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. Most places accept the Euro but don’t expect a good exchange rate.

What is Geneva’s climate?

It’s never really hot in Geneva. The climate is considered moderately continental – with fairly long cold winters and short, warm summers. Located 1,300 feet above sea level, Geneva’s average temperature in January is 34 degrees and 67 degrees in July. The coldest it gets is in the 20s; the warmest it gets is in the high 70s.

Who invented the World Wide Web?

The World Wide Web was invented in CERN laboratories, arguably the world’s most important center for science and innovation.

Born out of necessity, the World Wide Web was invented in 1989 by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee to give scientists around the world a way to share information.

The first website, which describes the basic features of the web; how to access other people's documents and how to set up your own server, was restored in 2013 in a project at CERN. Here is the original web address: http://info.cern.ch/.

Software for the World Wide Web was put in public domain April 30, 1993, with CERN making sure the software required to browse and run a web server was freely available. The rest is history.

Why is CERN so important?

More than 10,000 scientists from 100 countries study the components of matter and the forces that hold them together to better understand how the universe is made at CERN.

In the 1950s, a group of European scientists formed the European Council for Nuclear Research.

CERN is an acronym for the French “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire” or European Council for Nuclear Research. It was called nuclear because, at that time, researchers were trying to understand the atom. More than 60 years later, we know there is much to study beyond the atom.

Fans of the hugely popular “Big Bang Theory” situation comedy in the United States probably know about the research going on at CERN, which has turned its attention to gravity and antimatter and discovering how the universe was made – as well as why it wasn’t destroyed by itself. The characters on the show, who are all scientists, often mention the research institute whose main focus is particle physics – the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the forces acting between them.

CERN is home to the Large Hedron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator which first started up in 2008. The Large Hedron Collider has a “27-kilometer (17-mile) ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way,” according to the CERN website.

Physicists François Englert and Peter Higgs won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2013 after their experiments at the Large Hedron Collider led them to understand the origin of the mass of subatomic particles.” They discovered Higgs boson, the “God particle” that helps give mass to all elementary particles that have mass, such as electrons and protons and is believed to have had the ability to destroy the universe after the Big Bang if not for gravity. Find out much more on the CERN website.

Thing to do and see in Geneva

Geneva City

Places of Interest in Geneva. Picture Source.

  • Geneva is known for its quality of life and highly educated and multi-lingual population. It’s said that the only things that aren’t expensive in Geneva are chocolate and cheese. Its residents have the reputation of being one of the most polite and friendly in the world.
  • The most famous landmark is probably the Jet d’Eau, a gigantic waterjet in the middle of the harbor at Lake Geneva that shoots water 460 feet into the air.
  • The Reformation Wall, which pays tribute to the Swiss Reformation, a religious movement in the Middle Ages, is 30 feet tall and 325 feet long. The wall immortalizes the most famous people of the Reformation, Theodore Beza, John Calvin, William Farel and John Knox. In addition, the International Museum of the Reformation provides visitors information on the Reformation.
    By the way, most museums are free.
  • The Broken Chair Monument, located in front of the United Nations building, was erected in 1997 at the request of Handicap International to sign the Ottawa Treaty to ban landmines.
  • The Old Town section of Geneva is the place to dine and shop while stepping back into history. The buildings have masonry facades. The streets are cobblestone. The Old Town, called the Bourg-de-Four Square, is also where visitors will find St. Pierre Cathedral, an 850-years-old church.
  • What to eat in Geneva?
    Traditional dishes include rösti, basically hash browns, and zürcher geschnetzeltes, sliced veal in a white cream sauce. And then, of course, there is the cheese. Raclette, a local cheese, is grilled and served over potatoes.
  • Finally, just to show how little there is to complain about in Geneva, the top complaint of its residents every year is “dog droppings.” If you take a dog, be sure to pick up after it.

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