Aerial view of Lausanne
with 9 members
|• Mayor||Syndic (list)
Daniel Brélaz GPS
(as of February 2014)
|• Parliament||Conseil communal
with 100 members
|• Total||41.38 km2 (15.98 sq mi)|
|Elevation||495 m (1,624 ft)|
|Highest elevation (Jorat)||929.4 m (3,049.2 ft)|
|Lowest elevation (Lake Léman)||372 m (1,220 ft)|
|Population (Dec 2013)|
|• Density||3,200/km2 (8,300/sq mi)|
|Localities||Le Chalet-à-Gobet, Montblesson, Montheron, Ouchy, Vernand-Dessous, Vernand-Dessus, Vers-chez-les-Blanc|
|Surrounded by||Bottens, Bretigny-sur-Morrens, Chavannes-près-Renens, Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Crissier, Cugy, Écublens, Épalinges, Évian-les-Bains (FR-74), Froideville, Jouxtens-Mézery, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, Lugrin (FR-74), Maxilly-sur-Léman (FR-74), Montpreveyres, Morrens, Neuvecelle (FR-74), Prilly, Pully, Renens, Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Saint-Sulpice, Savigny|
Profile (French), SFSO statistics
Lausanne (//, French: [loˈzan], Italian: Losanna, Romansh: Losanna) is a city in Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland; it is the capital of the canton of Vaud. The seat of Lausanne District, the city is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva (French: Lac Léman, or simply Le Léman). It faces the French town of Évian-les-Bains, with the Jura mountains to its north-west. Lausanne is located 62 kilometres (38.5 miles) northeast of Geneva.
Lausanne has a population (as of December 2013) of 139,390, making it the fourth largest city in Switzerland, with the entire agglomeration area having 345,300 inhabitants (as of December 2012). The metropolitan area of Lausanne-Geneva (including Vevey-Montreux, Yverdon-les-Bains, and foreign parts) was over 1.2 million inhabitants in 2000.
The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is located in Lausanne – the IOC officially recognizes the city as the Olympic Capital – as is the headquarters of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It lies in the middle of a wine-growing region. The city has a 28-station metro system, making it the smallest city in the world to have a rapid transit system.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Coat of arms
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Transport
- 6 Political situation
- 7 Economy
- 8 Religion
- 9 Education
- 10 Sights
- 11 Sports
- 12 Notable people
- 13 See also
- 14 Notes and references
- 15 Bibliography
- 16 External links
The Romans built a military camp, which they called Lousanna, at the site of a Celtic settlement, near the lake where currently Vidy and Ouchy are situated; on the hill above was a fort called 'Lausodunon' or 'Lousodunon' (The 'y' suffix is common to many place names of Roman origin in the region (e.g.) Prilly, Pully, Lutry, etc.). By the 2nd century AD it was known as vikanor[um] Lousonnensium and in 280 as lacu Lausonio. By 400 it was civitas Lausanna and in 990 it was mentioned as Losanna.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, insecurity forced the transfer of Lausanne to its current centre, a hilly, easier to defend site. The city which emerged from the camp was ruled by the Dukes of Savoy and the Bishop of Lausanne. Then it came under Bern from 1536 to 1798 and a number of its cultural treasures, including the hanging tapestries in the Cathedral, were permanently removed. Lausanne has made a number of requests to recover them.
After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Lausanne became (along with Geneva) a place of refuge for French Huguenots. In 1729 a seminary was opened by Antoine Court and Benjamin Duplan. By 1750 ninety pastors had been sent back to France to work clandestinely; this number would rise to four hundred. Official persecution ended in 1787; a faculty of Protestant theology was established at Montauban in 1808, and the Lausanne seminary was finally closed on 18 April 1812. During the Napoleonic Wars, the city's status changed. In 1803, it became the capital of a newly formed Swiss canton, Vaud under which it joined the Swiss Federation.
In 1964 the city hosted the 'Swiss National Exhibition', displaying its newly found confidence to host major international events. From the 1950s to 1970s a large number of Italians, Spaniards and Portuguese immigrated, settling mostly in the industrial district of Renens and transforming the local diet.
The city has been traditionally quiet but in the late 1960s and early 1970s there were a series of mainly youth demonstrations confronted by the police. The next vigorous demonstrations took place to protest against the high cinema prices and since then the city returned to its old very sleepy self, until the protest against the G8 meetings in 2003.
The most important geographical feature of the area surrounding Lausanne is Lake Geneva (Lac Léman in French). Lausanne is built on the southern slope of the Swiss plateau, with a difference in elevation of about 500 metres (1,640 ft) between the lakeshore at Ouchy and its northern edge bordering Le Mont-sur-Lausanne and Épalinges. Lausanne boasts a dramatic panorama over the lake and the Alps.
In addition to its generally southward-sloping layout, the centre of the city is the site of an ancient river, the Flon, which has been covered since the 19th century. The former river forms a gorge running through the middle of the city south of the old city centre, generally following the course of the present Rue Centrale, with several bridges crossing the depression to connect the adjacent neighbourhoods. Due to the considerable differences in elevation, visitors should make a note as to which plane of elevation they are on and where they want to go, otherwise they will find themselves tens of metres below or above the street which they are trying to negotiate. The name Flon is also used for the metro station located in the gorge.
The municipality includes the villages of Vidy, Cour, Ouchy, Mornex, Chailly, La Sallaz, Vennes, Montblesson, Vers-chez-les-Blanc, Montheron and Chalet-à-Gobet (871 m (2,858 ft)) as well as the exclave of Vernand.
Lausanne has an area, as of 2009[update], of 41.38–41.33 square kilometers (15.98–15.96 sq mi) (depending on calculation method). Of this area, 6.64 km2 (2.56 sq mi) or 16.0% is used for agricultural purposes, while 16.18 km2 (6.25 sq mi) or 39.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 18.45 km2 (7.12 sq mi) or 44.6% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.05 km2 (12 acres) or 0.1% is either rivers or lakes and 0.01 km2 (2.5 acres) or 0.0% is unproductive land.
Of the built-up area, industrial buildings made up 1.6% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 21.6% and transportation infrastructure made up 12.5%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.4% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 7.5%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 11.1% is used for growing crops and 4.2% is pastures. All the water in the municipality is in lakes.
Lausanne has an average of 123 days of rain or snow per year and on average receives 1,150 mm (45 in) of precipitation. The wettest month is June during which time Lausanne receives an average of 117 mm (4.6 in) of rain. During this month there is precipitation for an average of 10.8 days. The month with the most days of precipitation is May, with an average of 12.4, but with only 107 mm (4.2 in) of rain or snow. The driest month of the year is February with an average of 78 mm (3.1 in) of precipitation over 10.2 days.
|Climate data for Lausanne/Pully|
|Average high °C (°F)||4.4
|Daily mean °C (°F)||2.2
|Average low °C (°F)||0.3
|Precipitation mm (inches)||77
|Snowfall cm (inches)||10.9
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||10.1||8.8||10.2||9.8||12.1||10.4||9.0||9.5||8.8||10.1||10.2||10.7||119.7|
|Avg. snowy days (≥ 1.0 cm)||2.9||2.8||1.3||0.1||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.8||1.9||9.8|
|Average humidity (%)||78||73||68||66||67||68||65||68||73||78||78||78||72|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||72||97||159||179||201||229||252||234||183||128||79||58||1,872|
|Percent possible sunshine||29||37||46||47||48||54||59||58||52||42||32||26||46|
|Source: MeteoSwiss |
Coat of arms
|Largest groups of foreign residents 2013|
|Nationality||Amount|| % total
|United Kingdom||859||0.6 (1.5)|
|Sri Lanka||784||0.6 (1.3)|
|United States||724||0.5 (1.2)|
Lausanne has a population (as of December 2013[update]) of 132,788. As of 2013[update], 42% of the population were resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years (1999–2009) the population has changed at a rate of 9.9%. It has changed at a rate of 8.3% due to migration and at a rate of 2.6% due to births and deaths. The population of the greater Lausanne area (grand Lausanne) is 345,300 (as of December 2012).
Of the population in the municipality, 58% or 80,828 have a Swiss citizenship, while 16,908 or 12.1% are from Lausanne and still lived there in December 2013. There were 27,653 or 19.8% who are from somewhere else in the same canton, while 36,276 or 26.0% have a Swiss citizenship in another canton. 58,9562 or 42.0% have a foreign citizenship.
In 2000, most of the population spoke French (98,424 or 78.8%), with German being second most common (5,365 or 4.3%) and Italian being third (4,976 or 4.0%). There were 62 people who speak Romansh.
In 2008[update] there were 840 live births to Swiss citizens and 623 births to non-Swiss citizens, and in same time span there were 862 deaths of Swiss citizens and 127 non-Swiss citizen deaths. Ignoring immigration and emigration, the population of Swiss citizens decreased by 22 while the foreign population increased by 496. There were 9 Swiss men and 57 Swiss women who emigrated from Switzerland. At the same time, there were 2230 non-Swiss men and 1802 non-Swiss women who immigrated from another country to Switzerland. The total Swiss population change in 2008 (from all sources, including moves across municipal borders) was an increase of 883 and the non-Swiss population increased by 2221 people. This represents a population growth rate of 2.6%.
The age distribution, as of 2009[update], in Lausanne is; 11,818 children or 9.4% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old and 12,128 teenagers or 9.7% are between 10 and 19. Of the adult population, 21,101 people or 16.8% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 22,158 people or 17.6% are between 30 and 39, 18,016 people or 14.4% are between 40 and 49, and 13,940 people or 11.1% are between 50 and 59. The senior population distribution is 11,041 people or 8.8% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 8,277 people or 6.6% are between 70 and 79, there are 5,896 people or 4.7% who are between 80 and 89, and there are 1,171 people or 0.9% who are 90 and older.
As of 2000[update], there were 58,100 people who were single and never married in the municipality. There were 48,990 married individuals, 7,797 widows or widowers and 10,027 individuals who are divorced.
As of 2000[update] the average number of residents per living room was 0.64 which is about equal to the cantonal average of 0.61 per room. In this case, a room is defined as space of a housing unit of at least 4 m2 (43.1 sq ft) as normal bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, kitchens and habitable cellars and attics. About 6.5% of the total households were owner occupied, or in other words did not pay rent (though they may have a mortgage or a rent-to-own agreement).
As of 2000[update], there were 62,258 private households in the municipality, and an average of 1.9 persons per household. There were 31,205 households that consist of only one person and 2,184 households with five or more people.Out of a total of 63,833 households that answered this question, 48.9% were households made up of just one person and there were 306 adults who lived with their parents. Of the res of the households, there are 13,131 married couples without children, 11,603 married couples with children. There were 3,883 single parents with a child or children. There were 2,130 households that were made up of unrelated people and 1,575 households that were made up of some sort of institution or another collective housing.
In 2000[update] there were 1,833 single family homes (or 23.1% of the total) out of a total of 7,925 inhabited buildings. There were 3,634 multi-family buildings (45.9%), along with 1,955 multi-purpose buildings that were mostly used for housing (24.7%) and 503 other use buildings (commercial or industrial) that also had some housing (6.3%). Of the single family homes 324 were built before 1919, while 153 were built between 1990 and 2000. The greatest number of single family homes (498) were built between 1919 and 1945. The most multi-family homes (933) were built before 1919 and the next most (906) were built between 1919 and 1945. There were 180 multi-family houses built between 1996 and 2000.
In 2000[update] there were 69,383 apartments in the municipality. The most common apartment size was 3 rooms of which there were 22,408. There were 9,579 single room apartments and 7,388 apartments with five or more rooms. Of these apartments, a total of 61,056 apartments (88.0% of the total) were permanently occupied, while 6,840 apartments (9.9%) were seasonally occupied and 1,487 apartments (2.1%) were empty. As of 2009[update], the construction rate of new housing units was 2.1 new units per 1000 residents.
As of 2003[update] the average price to rent an average apartment in Lausanne was 1064.08 Swiss francs (CHF) per month (US$850, £480, €680 approx. exchange rate from 2003). The average rate for a one room apartment was 597.46 CHF (US$480, £270, €380), a two room apartment was about 792.33 CHF (US$630, £360, €510), a three room apartment was about 1044.64 CHF (US$840, £470, €670) and a six or more room apartment cost an average of 2024.55 CHF (US$1620, £910, €1300). The average apartment price in Lausanne was 95.3% of the national average of 1116 CHF. The vacancy rate for the municipality, in 2010[update], was 0.17%.
The historical population is given in the following chart:
|Historic population data|
|Year||Total population||French-speaking||German-speaking||Catholic||Protestant||Other||Jewish||Islamic||No religion given||Swiss||Non-Swiss|
National and international passenger trains of the Swiss Federal Railways depart from Lausanne railway station, which is also the hub of the Réseau Express Vaudois commuter rail system, and a stop on the city's metro. The metro and local buses are operated by Transports publics de la région lausannoise (TL), with many routes run using trolleybuses. Additional commuter trains are run by the Lausanne–Echallens–Bercher railway (LEB) from Lausanne-Flon station. Ships across Lake Geneva are provided by the Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN).
Lausanne became the first city in Switzerland to have a rubber-tyred metro system, with the m2 Line which opened in October 2008. The rolling stock is a shorter version of the one used on Paris Métro Line 14. Further expansion of the system is planned, as is the re-introduction of trams.
Lausanne is connected to the A1 motorway on its west side (Geneva - Zürich axis) and to the A9 on its north and east side (for transit with Italy and France); the interchange between these two motorways is on the north-west side of the city.
In the 2011 federal election the most popular party was the SP which received 30.14% of the vote (3% up compared to 2007). The next three most popular parties were the SVP (14.98%), the FDP (14.70%) and the Green Party (13.60%). In the federal election, a total of 25,518 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 40.3%.
The city of Lausanne has a legislature, the City Council, with 100 members and an executive, the town hall with seven members. The legislature is elected by proportional representation from the Executive and the two-round majority system.
For the 2011-2016 legislative period, 100 members of the City Council Composition of the Municipal Council are distributed as follows:
- 29 Socialist Party
- 24 FDP.The Liberals
- 20 Green
- 14 Swiss People's Party
- 14 far left (POP, solidaritéS, the Left Bank)
The 7 members of the Town Hall are shared:
- 3 Socialist Party
- 2 Green
- 1 FDP.The Liberals
- 1 far left (POP)
The town has seven departments, each headed by a Municipal Councillor (period 2011-2016):
- Daniel Brélaz (Green): general administration
- Oscar Tosato (Socialist Party): childhood, youth and social
- Marc Vuilleumier (POPs): public safety and sports
- Jean-Yves Pidoux (Green): industrial services
- Florence Germond (Socialist Party): finance and parks
- Grégoire Junod (Socialist Party): culture and housing
- Olivier Français (FDP.The Liberals): Construction
As of 2010[update], Lausanne had an unemployment rate of 8%. As of 2008[update], there were 114 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 25 businesses involved in this sector. 6,348 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 698 businesses in this sector. 83,157 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 6,501 businesses in this sector.
There were 59,599 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 47.4% of the workforce. In 2008[update] the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 75,041. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 93, of which 56 were in agriculture, 34 were in forestry or lumber production and 3 were in fishing or fisheries. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 6,057 of which 1,515 or (25.0%) were in manufacturing, 24 or (0.4%) were in mining and 3,721 (61.4%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 68,891. In the tertiary sector; 8,520 or 12.4% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 2,955 or 4.3% were in the movement and storage of goods, 4,345 or 6.3% were in a hotel or restaurant, 4,671 or 6.8% were in the information industry, 6,729 or 9.8% were the insurance or financial industry, 8,213 or 11.9% were technical professionals or scientists, 5,756 or 8.4% were in education and 14,312 or 20.8% were in health care.
In 2000[update], there were 55,789 workers who commuted into the municipality and 19,082 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net importer of workers, with about 2.9 workers entering the municipality for every one leaving. About 1.9% of the workforce coming into Lausanne are coming from outside Switzerland, while 0.1% of the locals commute out of Switzerland for work. Of the working population, 40.9% used public transportation to get to work, and 35.1% used a private car.
- Philip Morris International, a tobacco company, has its international headquarters in Lausanne.
- Tetra Laval, a multinational packaging corporation, has its international headquarters in Lausanne.
- Nestlé, a multinational food and nutrition corporation, with international headquarters in Vevey, next to Lausanne.
From the Reformation in the 16th century, the city was overwhelmingly Protestant until the late 20th century, when it received substantial immigration, particularly from largely Catholic countries. Catholics now form a plurality of the city's population.
From the 2000 census[update], 47,225 or 37.8% were Roman Catholic, while 33,993 or 27.2% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 2,698 members of an Orthodox church (or about 2.16% of the population), there were 65 individuals (or about 0.05% of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic Church, and there were 4,437 individuals (or about 3.55% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 849 individuals (or about 0.68% of the population) who were Jewish, and 7,501 (or about 6.00% of the population) who were Muslim. There were 452 individuals who were Buddhist, 772 individuals who were Hindu and 343 individuals who belonged to another church. 21,080 (or about 16.88% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 7,590 individuals (or about 6.08% of the population) did not answer the question.
In Lausanne about 40,118 or (32.1%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 22,934 or (18.4%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 22,934 who completed tertiary schooling, 38.7% were Swiss men, 31.3% were Swiss women, 17.1% were non-Swiss men and 12.9% were non-Swiss women.
In the 2009/2010 school year there were a total of 12,244 students in the Lausanne school district. In the Vaud cantonal school system, two years of non-obligatory pre-school are provided by the political districts. During the school year, the political district provided pre-school care for a total of 2,648 children of which 1,947 children (73.5%) received subsidized pre-school care. The canton's primary school program requires students to attend for four years. There were 6,601 students in the municipal primary school program. The obligatory lower secondary school program lasts for six years and there were 5,244 students in those schools. There were also 399 students who were home schooled or attended another non-traditional school.
Lausanne is home to a number of museums including; the Collection de l'art brut, the Espace Arlaud, the Fondation de l'Hermitage, the Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire, the Musée cantonal de géologie, the Musée cantonal de zoologie, the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, the Musée de l'Élysée and the Musée historique de Lausanne. In 2009 the Collection de l'art brut was visited by 27,028 visitors (the average in previous years was 33,356). The Espace Arlaud was visited by 9,222 visitors (the average in previous years was 14,206). The Fondation de l'Hermitage was visited by 89,175 visitors (the average in previous years was 74,839). The Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire was visited by 14,841 visitors (the average in previous years was 15,775). The Musée cantonal de zoologie was visited by 30,794 visitors (the average in previous years was 30,392). The Musée cantonal de géologie was visited by 28,299 visitors (the average in previous years was 24,248). The Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts was visited by 26,456 visitors (the average in previous years was 26,384). The Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts was visited by 28,554 visitors (the average in previous years was 22,879). The Musée de l'Élysée was visited by 36,775 visitors (the average in previous years was 37,757). The Musée historique de Lausanne was visited by 23,116 visitors (the average in previous years was 22,851).
Lausanne is home to eight large libraries or collections of libraries. These libraries include: Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne, the library of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the libraries of the Réseau EPFL, the Bibliothèque municipale de Lausanne, the Haute école de travail social et de la santé (EESP), the HECV Santé, the Haute école de la santé La Source and the École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL). There was a combined total (as of 2008[update]) of 3,496,260 books or other media in the libraries, and in the same year a total of 1,650,534 items were loaned out.
Lausanne enjoys some world class education and research establishments (see also Lausanne campus), including private schools, attended by students from around the world.
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)
- University of Lausanne (UNIL)
- University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), a hospital centre with associated research
- École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
- École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL)
- International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
- Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP)
- AISTS ("International Academy of Sports Science and Technology")
- Business School Lausanne (BSL)
- The Lausanne campus of the University of the Nations
- Pepperdine University maintains an international study campus in Lausanne
Heritage sites of national significance
There are 46 buildings or sites that are listed as Swiss heritage site of national significance. Additionally, the entire old city of Lausanne and the Vernand-Dessus region are listed in the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites.
- Religious Buildings: Notre-Dame Cathedral, Swiss Reformed Church of Saint-François, Swiss Reformed Church of Saint-Laurent and the Synagogue at Avenue de Florimont.
- Civic Structures: Former Hôpital at Rue Mercerie 24, Former Federal Tribunal, the Former Académie at Rue Cité-Devant 7, Casino de Montbenon, St-Maire Castle, Bois-de-Vaux Cemetery, Fondation de l’Hermitage and House de maître, Railway station, Beau-Rivage Palace, City Hall, Hôtel des Postes, Administration Building of André & Cie. S.A., Administration Building of the Vaudoise Assurances, Apartment and Office Building at Rue du Grand-Chêne 8, Les Bains de Bellerive, l’Estérel House, House at Chemin de Chandolin 4, the Mon-Repos estate at Parc de Mon-Repos, Olympic Museum and Archives of the International Olympic Committee, the vessels of the CGN (La Suisse (1910), Savoie (1914), Simplon (1920), Rhône (1927)), Pont Chauderon, the Vernand-Dessus rural site, Site de l’Expo 64 avec Théatre de Vidy, the Tour Bel-Air and the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV).
- Museums and Libraries: Former Residence of the Bishop of Lausanne which is now the Lausanne Museum of History, Bibliothèque des cèdres (former Bibliothèque des pasteurs), Beaulieu Castle and the Collection de l'art brut, Fondation Toms Pauli Collection de tapisseries and d’art textile, Galeries Saint-François, Musée de l'Élysée, Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (MUDAC), Cantonal Botanical Museum and Gardens, the Roman Museum, the Palais de Rumine with the Musée cantonal de géologie, Cantonal Museum of Zoology, Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée monétaire cantonal (Cabinet des médailles) and Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire.
- Archives: Archives of the Banque Vaudoise, Archives of the City of Lausanne, Archives of Énergie Ouest Suisse (EOS), the Radio Suisse Romande archives and the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland with archives.
- Archeological sites: The Roman era/medieval hill-top city and the prehistoric settlement and Roman era Vicus of Vidy (Lousanna).
Swiss Reformed Church of Saint-François
Swiss Reformed Church of Saint-Laurent
Hôtel Beau-Rivage Palace
The Sauvabelin Tower
The Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, the Lausanne Opera and the Ensemble vocal de Lausanne provide a diverse and rich musical life. The latter has been under the direction of Michel Corboz for many years.
In January, the Prix de Lausanne, a famous dance competition, takes place at the Palais de Beaulieu (the biggest theatre in Switzerland) over a one-week period. The event attracts dancers and some of the big names in dance from all over the world.
The Swiss Film Archive is based in Lausanne and the city hosts film festivals such as the Festival cinémas d'Afrique and the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival. In addition to modern cinemas, the "Capitole" (in activity since 1929) is the biggest cinema in Switzerland (currently 867 seats).
The town hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1989. Each July, the Festival de la cité is held in the old part of town. Other music festivals include the Bach Festival, the Festival et concours Bach de Lausanne, which follows the Nuit de musées (museums' night) in the fall season.
Lausanne is also the home of the Béjart Ballet.
- Cathedral (restored by Viollet-le-Duc)
- Saint-Maire Castle (Château Saint-Maire)
- Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland
- Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville)
Lausanne is also the site of many museums:
- Musée Bolo
- Olympic Museum (Musée olympique)
- Musée de l'Élysée
- Fondation de l'Hermitage ("Hermitage Foundation")
- Collection of Outsider Art (Collection de l'art brut)
- Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains)
- Lausanne Museum of History (Musée historique de Lausanne)
- Espace Arlaud (French)
- Espace des inventions (French) ("Science Center for Kids")
- Fondation Claude Verdan (French) - Musée de la main ("Museum of the Hand")
- Vivarium de Lausanne (French)
- Cantonal Botanical Museum and Gardens (Musée et jardins botaniques cantonaux)
- Cantonal Museum of Money (Musée monétaire cantonal) (French) (formerly Cabinet cantonal des médailles - short presentation in English)
- Cantonal Museum of Archeology and History (Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire) (French) short presentation in English
- Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée cantonal des beaux-arts)
- Cantonal Museum of Zoology (Musée cantonal de zoologie)
- Cantonal Museum of Geology (Musée cantonal de Géologie) (French)
- Musée romain de Lausanne-Vidy ("Lausanne-Vidy Roman Museum")
Main contemporary art galleries:
Art centers or artist-run galleries:
- Contemporary composer Leonardo Balada's Symphony No. 4 is subtitled 'Lausanne'.
- Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat was premiered in Lausanne in September 1918.
Sporting activities are very popular in Lausanne, with water sports available on the nearby lake and mountaineering in the nearby mountains. Cycling is also a popular pastime, with the vineyards in the surrounding hills providing spectacular views and challenging routes. There is an annual track and field meeting (Athletissima), road running through the city (the 20 km de Lausanne(French)), the Tour de Romandie road cycling race, marathon (website) and triathlon competition, among other sports events. The two most important sports are ice hockey and football. Lausanne is currently bidding to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. 
- Lausanne Hockey Club
- Lausanne-Sport Football Club
- Lausanne-Sports Aviron Rowing Club
- Lausanne Sharks American Football Club
- NSFL Non Professional Swiss Romand American Football Federation
- Federation of Swiss Bandy
- Stade Lausanne Rugby Club
- Lausanne University Club Rugby
- Lausanne Frisbee
- Swiss Power Wrestling, Professional Wrestling school
- International Olympic Committee Headquarters
- Court of Arbitration for Sport Headquarters
- International Hockey Federation Headquarters
- International Table Tennis Federation Headquarters
- Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) The World Air Sports Federation
- Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) The international governing body for equestrian
- Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron (FISA) The international governing body for rowing
- Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) The international governing body for fencing
- Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc (FITA) The international governing body for archery
- Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) The international governing body for university sports
- International Baseball Federation
- International Swimming Federation
- International Skating Union
- Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)
- International Triathlon Union (ITU)
Lausanne is the birthplace of:
- David Bennent, actor
- Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh, Russian Orthodox ecclesiastic located in Britain
- François-Louis David Bocion, artist and teacher
- Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, traveler and orientalist
- Alejo Carpentier, Cuban-French writer
- Stéphane Chapuisat, footballer
- Albert Chavannes, philosopher
- Benjamin Constant, thinker, writer and politician
- Aloise Corbaz, outsider artist
- Charles Dutoit, conductor
- Egon von Furstenberg, fashion designer
- Eugène Grasset, decorative artist
- Dominique Lévy, art dealer
- Bertrand Piccard, psychiatrist and balloonist
- Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, writer
- Ubolratana Rajakanya, Thai princess
- Théophile Steinlen, Art Nouveau painter and printmaker
- James Thiérrée, actor
- Elizabeth Thompson (Lady Butler), British painter
- Bernard Tschumi, contemporary architect, writer, and educator
- Nanos Valaoritis Greek poet
- Félix Vallotton, post-impressionist painter
- Vincent Perez, film actor and director
- Stanislas Wawrinka, tennis player
- Jocelyn Wildenstein, Manhattan socialite and ex-wife of the late Alec N. Wildenstein
- Ludovic Magnin, footballer
- Jon Steele, American-born author.
- Pierre Amoyal, Paris-born violinist; professor at Lausanne Conservatory
- Jean Anouilh, French dramatist
- Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA
- Alice Bailly, Swiss painter and multimedia artist
- Maurice Béjart, choreographer
- Lorik Cana, professional footballer for Albania and Marseille
- Capucine, French actress and model
- Coco Chanel, fashion designer
- Pierre de Coubertin, French baron and founder of the International Olympic Committee
- Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, Swiss politician
- Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania
- Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg, Queen of Spain
- Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian jeweller
- Edward Gibbon, British historian
- Gloria Guinness, socialite and writer.
- Oswald Heer, Swiss geologist and naturalist
- Stéphane Lambiel, men's figure skater, Olympic silver medalist and 2-time world champion
- Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
- Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim, Finnish president and field marshal
- James Mason, English actor
- Fernand Melgar, Swiss actor
- Jô Soares, Brazilian humorist
- Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine, Ukrainian bacteriologist
- Paloma Picasso, Fashion designer
- Auguste Piccard, Swiss physicist, inventor and explorer
- George Sanders, English actor
- Albin Schram, renowned manuscript collector
- Georges Simenon, Belgian writer
- Han Suyin, China-born writer
- Karol Szymanowski, Polish composer
- Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect
- Pierre Viret, Swiss reformed theologian
- Serge Voronoff, surgeon buried in Lausanne
- Franco-Provençal language
- Eurovision Song Contest 1989
- International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS)
- Lac de Sauvabelin, Tour de Sauvabelin
- Beau-Rivage Palace
- Scots Kirk, Lausanne (Church of Scotland)
- List of mayors of Lausanne
- Lausanne Conference, 1949
- Treaty of Lausanne
Notes and references
- Arealstatistik Standard - Gemeindedaten nach 4 Hauptbereichen
- Swiss Federal Statistics Office – STAT-TAB Ständige und Nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach Region, Geschlecht, Nationalität und Alter (German) accessed 18 August 2014
- "03 - Suisse sud-ouest". Swiss National Map 1:200 000 - Switzerland on four sheets. Federal Office of Topography, swisstopo, Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport. 2009. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- "Population totale selon l'origine, 1979-2013" (XLS). http://www.scris.vd.ch (Statistics) (in French). Contrôle des Habitants de la Ville de Lausanne / StatVD, canton de Vaud. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- "Population size and population composition – Data, indicators:Agglomerations". http://www.bfs.admin.ch (Statistics) (in French, German, or Italian). Federal Statistical Office, Neuchâtel, Swiss Federal Administration. 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- "Office fédéral du développement territorial ARE – B3: Les aires métropolitaines" (PDF). www.are.admin.ch (in French, German, or Italian). Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE. 7 June 2006. p. 4. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- "Welcome to International Sports Federations". International Sports Federations. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
- Lousonna in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Lausanne in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Lasserre, Claude (1997). Le séminaire de Lausanne, 1726-1812 : instrument de la restauration du protestantisme français : étude historique fondée principalement sur les documents inédits. Bibliothèque historique vaudoise, no 112 (in French). Lausanne: Bibliothèque historique vaudoise. ISBN 978-2-88454-112-1. OCLC 39222660. Also OCLC 39228676
- Lausanne District 1313-2006 in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- "Lausanne 1964: Two ideas, one Expo". Swiss National Exhibitions - Expo-Archive. swissinfo/Swiss Radio International (SRI). Retrieved 2009-09-27.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Land Use Statistics 2009 data (German) accessed 25 March 2010.
- Nomenklaturen – Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz (German) accessed 4 April 2011.
- "Temperature and Precipitation Average Values-Table, 1961-1990" (in German, French, Italian). Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology - MeteoSwiss. Retrieved 8 May 2009. , the Lausanne weather station elevation is 601 metres (1,972 feet) above sea level.
- "Climate Normals Pully 1981-2010". Climate diagrams and normals from Swiss measuring stations. Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss). Retrieved 2014-11-17.
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- "Population totale par région du monde et selon la nationalité, 1979-2013" (XLS). http://www.scris-lausanne.vd.ch/LS_pop_residante (Statistics) (in French). Contrôle des Habitants de la Ville de Lausanne / StatVD, canto de Vaud. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
data from December 2013
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 21 June 2011.
- STAT-TAB Datenwürfel für Thema 40.3 - 2000 (German) accessed 2 February 2011.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Superweb database - Gemeinde Statistics 1981-2008 (German) accessed 19 June 2010.
- Canton of Vaud Statistical Office (French) accessed 29 April 2011.
- Eurostat. "Housing (SA1)". Urban Audit Glossary (PDF). 2007. p. 18. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
- Urban Audit Glossary p. 17.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB - Datenwürfel für Thema 09.2 - Gebäude und Wohnungen (German) accessed 28 January 2011.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office-Rental prices 2003 data (German) accessed 26 May 2010.
- Lambert, Anthony (2013). Switzerland without a Car (5 ed.). Bradt Travel Guides. p. 258. ISBN 978-1841624471.
- "Les Axes forts - Site officiel de la Ville de Lausanne". City of Lausanne. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
- "JMS Boeing 737 Simulator". Thebigboss.ch. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- Canton de Vaud: Election au Conseil national du 23 octobre 2011 (French) accessed 2 November 2011.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office STAT-TAB Betriebszählung: Arbeitsstätten nach Gemeinde und NOGA 2008 (Abschnitte), Sektoren 1-3 (German) accessed 28 January 2011.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Statweb (German) accessed 24 June 2010.
- "Where to find us." Philip Morris International. Retrieved on 19 October 2009.
- Organigramme de l'école vaudoise, année scolaire 2009-2010 (French) accessed 2 May 2011.
- Canton of Vaud Statistical Office - Scol. obligatoire/filières de transition (French) accessed 2 May 2011.
- Canton of Vaud Statistical Office - Fréquentation de quelques musées et fondations, Vaud, 2001-2009 (French) accessed 2 May 2011.
- Swiss Federal Statistical Office, list of libraries (German) accessed 14 May 2010.
- "Kantonsliste A-Objekte". KGS Inventar (in German). Federal Office of Civil Protection. 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- (French) Mathieu Signorell, "Beaulieu lâche les congrès pour les infirmiers après l'échec de Taoua", 24 heures, Saturday 14 February 2015.
- Le Capitole (page visited on 15 February 2015).
- Swiss President Maurer "very excited" about Youth Olympic bid as Lausanne launches official application
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- Swiss Power Wrestling
- "Dominique Levy". Dominique-levy.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Published in the 19th century
- Switzerland. Coblenz: Karl Baedeker. 1863.
- Published in the 20th century
- "Lausanne", Switzerland, Together with Chamonix and the Italian Lakes (26th ed.), Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1922, OCLC 4248970
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lausanne.|
- City of Lausanne, official site
- The official tourism homepage of Lausanne
- Map of Lausanne
- Map of public transport
- Lausanne in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Lausanne travel guide from Wikivoyage