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Geneva Lake( Salvatore di Nolfi / EPA )
Geneva is a global center for international diplomacy and peace, serving as the headquarters of many United Nations agencies and the Red Cross. The Geneva Conventions, which established standards for the treatment of noncombatants and prisoners of war, were signed here.
An international city, Geneva is very tourist friendly. ATMs are easy to find and public transportation is readily available and efficient. The city abounds with restaurants, hotels and shops, though lodging and shopping options can be pricey.
2009 rank: 4