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... More The city’s political, economic and religious life was influenced largely by Jean Calvin’s particular version of the Reformation. During the Enlightenment in the 18th century, Rousseau and Voltaire contributed to Geneva’s intellectual prosperity, and to a humanistic culture that eventually led Henry Dunant to found the Red Cross movement. Always an independent city, Geneva did not join the Swiss Confederation until 1815, nearly 500 years after Bern and Zurich. Geneva was firmly established as an important international city when it became home in 1919 of the League of Nations.
Geneva’s population today is 175,000. The main economy includes the manufacture of precision instruments and watchmaking. It boasts a thriving chemical industry and the headquarters of various international organizations and companies.
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