Geneva
History

Population
189 313

Altitude
373m

Language
French

Area
15.93 km2

  • 1536

Protestant Reformation


Adoption of the Protestant Reformation with Jean Calvin.

  • 1602

Duke of Savoy


During the night of 11th to 12th December, the Genevans  successfully repelled the troops of the Duke of Savoy who were trying to seize the city by scaling its fortifications.

  • 1798

Léman administrative centre


Geneva was occupied by the French and became the administrative centre of the Département du Léman.

  • 1813

Republic restored


The Republic was restored on the 31st December.

  • 1815

Confédération Suisse


Geneva became part of Switzerland.

  • 1818

Steamboat


First steamboat in Switzerland on Lake Geneva.

  • 1850

Stock Exchange


First Swiss stock exchange opens in Geneva.

  • 1863

Red Cross


The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded and the year following the basis of international humanitarian law was laid with the first Geneva Convention.

  • 1868

Wristwatch


The wristwatch was invented in Geneva by Patek Philippe.

  • 1920

The League of Nations


The headquarters of the League of Nations was moved from London to Geneva on 1 November 1920.

  • 1945

United Nations


The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization established on 24 October 1945 to promote international co-operation. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was created following the Second World War to prevent another such conflict.