International organizations in Switzerland

Map of Switzerland with several international flags
Many international organisations have offices in Switzerland. © FDFA, Presence Switzerland

Switzerland has hosted international organisations for more than 150 years. Today it accommodates 40 such organisations with more than 25,000 staff. Most of them are based in the Lake Geneva region, two in Bern and one in Basel.

Every year, some 4,000 heads of state and government, ministers and high-ranking officials travel to Geneva to attend more than 3,500 meetings held there.

More than 175 UN member states are represented in Geneva, with approximately 4,000 staff.

In addition, nearly 400 non-governmental organisations are based in Geneva and more than 30 international sports federations are based in the canton of Vaud.

Facts and figures about International Geneva

Joint declaration by the host authorities of International Geneva

To mark the 100th anniversary of multilateral work in Geneva, the Confederation and the Canton and City of Geneva have signed a joint declaration setting out a five-point joint action plan to strengthen Switzerland's role as a host state.