Lausanne is the capital of the canton of Vaud in French-speaking Switzerland. It has around 150,000 inhabitants. Nearly 40% of residents come from abroad, and people of over 100 nationalities live alongside each other in the heart of this vibrant multicultural city.
The city has many faces: it is the Olympic capital, a place of excellence in research and education, a green city full of parks and gardens, places where it is good to stroll. Lausanne is still a city on a human scale, set alongside the shores of Lake Geneva and surrounded by the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The information on this page covers transport in the city, resources to support integration for new arrivals, sporting and cultural activities in the region, together with some information on points specific to Switzerland.