Lausanne is a developing city; economy, urban planning, public transportation and mobility are just a few of the sectors that are thriving. Lausanne, as Switzerland’s fourth-largest city, is known as an Olympic city, a sustainable city and a hub for arts and education.

The city is a popular tourist destination and is home to a large number of international companies, especially  multinational company headquarters. Its quality of life and economic attractiveness are other assets that make Lausanne a wonderful place to live.

First and foremost, a city’s primary source of wealth is its residents. Sharing the city means sharing space, the living environment and neighbourhoods. Sharing the city means offering a place of honour to children and families. Sharing the city means integrating and ensuring that each person is a stakeholder in our community.

Today, Lausanne has a strong international population and demonstrates each day that it is possible to cultivate its values, roots and land while proudly living in a cosmopolitan, multicultural city that has enriched itself throughout history thanks to the contributions of others. It’s the result of an integration policy that works and that Lausanne intends to pursue with determination. 


Grégoire Junod, Mayor of Lausanne


Keys facts

  1. Lausanne, with some 145,000 inhabitants, is home to natives of more than 160 countries.

  2. About 60 per cent of Lausanne’s residents, including those with Swiss nationality, are immigrants or children of immigrants.

  3. About 20 per cent of Lausanne’s population is bilingual, five per cent is multilingual and 18 per cent of inhabitants have double nationality.