Geneva (French: Genève) is the second-largest city in Switzerland, situated at the western end of Lake Geneva, close to the border with France. It has a population of 185,000 (metropolitan area: 960,000).
Geneva was the home of the Protestant reformer John Calvin and became known as 'the Protestant Rome'. At this time it became an independent city state, which was able to resist attempts by the Kingdom of Savoy to annex it in the early seventeenth century. In 1815 it became a part of Switzerland.
The first of the Geneva Conventions governing the conduct of war were signed in the city in 1864. Since then it has served as the headquarters of many peace-related and humanitarian organisations, including the International Red Cross and (between 1919 and 1946) the League of Nations. It is also the European headquarters of the United Nations, and HQ of many of its subsidiary organisations including the World Health Organization.