LOSANNA IN SHORT
LAUSANNE... the capital of Switzerland’s
French-speaking Canton of Vaud.
It has approximately 120,000 inhabitants
(250,000 spread over its hinterland) and
ranks fifth largest amongst all Swiss
cities. Lausanne rises at 495 metres above
sea level (at city centre), on a 41.4
km2 surface area with a population density
2832 inhabitants per km2.
It is an important trade services and
banking activities centre, whilst offering
exclusively tourism oriented facilities
and consistently hailed as an important
cultural centre, with an intensely rich
artistic, dance and theatre scene.
The residents of Lausanne are known, in
French, as les Lausannois. Lausanne,
situated on the north shore of Lac
Léman (Lake Geneva). The geographical
Steep terraces sloping down to the shores
of the lake, the beautiful views of the
French Alps, the lake, the ever-green
is the seat of the International Olympic
Committee. In the middle of a magnificent
park overlooking the lake, the Olympic
Museum draws tourists of all over the
Another highlight of Lausanne is the lakeside
resort Ouchy which, with its romantic
ambiance, provides endless hours of entertainment.
The official language in Lausanne is French,
which is one of the four national Swiss
Dominated by its 13th century Gothic Cathedral
(Notre Dame), Lausanne welcomes you with
a pedestrianised medieval Old Town (la
Cité) full of charm, marvellous
shops, numerous museums and art galleries,
restaurants and cafes.
THE IDENTITY CARD OF LAUSANNE