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An aerial view of Annemasse
An aerial view of Annemasse
Flag of Annemasse
Coat of arms of Annemasse
Coat of arms
Annemasse is located in France
Coordinates: 46°11′45″N 6°14′11″E / 46.1958°N 6.2364°E / 46.1958; 6.2364Coordinates: 46°11′45″N 6°14′11″E / 46.1958°N 6.2364°E / 46.1958; 6.2364
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton Annemasse-Sud and Annemasse-Nord
Intercommunality Annemasse – Les Voirons
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Christian Dupessay
Area1 4.98 km2 (1.92 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 33,166
 • Density 6,700/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 74012 / 74100
Elevation 399–504 m (1,309–1,654 ft)
(avg. 433 m or 1,421 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Annemasse (French pronunciation: ​[anmas]) is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It is a chef-lieu de canton.

It lies on the border with Switzerland, approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east of Geneva. It is the second largest city in the Haute-Savoie department with a population estimated at 33,166 in 2012.[1]

Annemasse in Haute-Savoie.


Annemasse from space

Annemasse is part of the metropolitan area of Geneva, 2 km from the Swiss border, and 45 km from Annecy, the prefecture of the department. The city is surrounded by the Mont Salève (alt. 1300m) and the Arve River on the West, the Voirons (alt. 1450m) on the East and the Swiss border on the North.

The climat is temperate with influences from the Alps and the Leman Lake. The coldest months are January and February, and the hotest are in July and August. There is an annual average of 80 days with below zero temperatures. The minimum average is -1 °C and the maximum average is 26 °C. Annual rain is 975,7 mm with 118 rainy days a year.


The main activity is commerce: due to the current foreign exchange situation, a lot of Swiss residents come to Annemasse to purchase food and other commodities. A large proportion of the population work in Geneva, Switzerland, where the salaries are higher than in France.


Annemasse has 1,898 company locations on its territory, a large share of it being shops and services. The three main companies operating in Annemasse are Parker Hannifin (turnover: €134 million), Siegwerk (107 M €) and the Giant Casino Annemasse (17 M €, enlarged in 2003).


Annemasse is an important crossroad. It is the last exit of the French motorway A40 before the border and is thus well connected with the other cities of the region. It is also connected to Annecy via motorway A41.

Local transport is done with 6 bus lines by the TP2A company (Transports publics de l'Agglomération d'Annemasse). A tram is under construction to the Swiss border, schduled to be open in 2016.

Annemasse has a railway station since 1880. It is the second most important station of the department with 2,000 passengers a day. To encourage mobility, the CEVA project will extend the existing rail connection between Annemasse and Gare de Cornavin through Genève Eaux-Vives.

Annemasse has also a small airport for small tourist and business planes.


Christian Dupessey, 2009

The urban area of Annemasse (consisting of six cities or "communes") is the second largest agglomération in Haute-Savoie.

The city mayor 1977 - 2008 was Robert Borrel from the Socialist Party. Christian Dupessay (PS) was elected mayor in the 2008 elections following Borrel's retirement, and elected again in 2014.


Annemasse has many schools.


Bois-Livron, Marianne-Cohn, Jean-Mermoz, La Fontaine, Les Hutins, Saint-Exupéry

Primary schools
  • Public schools: Bois-Livron, Marianne-Cohn, Jean-Mermoz, La Fontaine, Les Hutins, Saint-Exupéry
  • Privates schools: Chamarette, Saint-François
Secondary schools
High secondary schools
  • General education: Les Glières (Formation tertiaire BTS intégré)
  • General and technical education: Jean-Monnet
  • Professional education: Le Salève
Other schools

The Beaux Arts School


Annemasse has several religious places. There are two catholic churches: Saint-André and Saint-Joseph, one synagogue, two muslim religious organisations, and several protestant churches.

Twin cities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (French) National statistics : INSEE - Annemasse : Données générales


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