Geneva (pronunciation /dʒənivə/; Fr Genevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich), and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). It is situated where Lake Geneva (French Lac Léman) flows into the Rhône River, and is the capital of the Republic anench: Genève /ʒənɛv/, German: Genf (help·info) /gɛnf/, Italian: Ginevra /dʒi'neːvra/, Romansh:d Canton of Geneva. In 2004-2005, the population of the canton was 441,000, that of the "commune" within the traditional city limits 185,526, and that of the metropolitan area — which extends into neighboring France and Swiss Canton of Vaud — about 960,000.
Geneva is widely regarded as a global city, mainly due to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations. A 2006 survey found Geneva to have the second highest quality of living in the world (after Zürich).
Lake Geneva or Lake Léman (French Lac Léman, le Léman, or Lac de Genève) is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe (after Lake Balaton). 60% of it comes under the jurisdiction of Switzerland (cantons of Vaud, Geneva, and Valais), and 40% under France (Haute-Savoie).
Another popular area for visitors is the old town (vielle ville) of Geneva. This refined part of town (an apartment there can cost more than the equivalent of a million American dollars) preserves the environment of a typical European town in the 18th century. Many notable people have resided in this part of Geneva in the past, such as Franz Liszt.