copyright Toru Hiraiwa

"In two months, the authorities of both Lausanne and the canton of Vaud had arranged everything for us.  This allowed us to accomplish our move during the summer with no change in our program."

Gil Roman
Artistic Director
Béjart Ballet Lausanne

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Services for institutions

Of the 35,000 or so people (international civil servants and their families) who work for international organisations based in Geneva, more than 3,000 have made their home in the canton of Vaud, where they enjoy an exceptionally high standard of living and top quality services (hospitals, schools, transport infrastructure, etc.).

In addition, the International Olympic Committee chose to set up its headquarters in Lausanne back in 1915. Numerous associations and international sporting organisations have followed it to the shores of Lake Geneva. Several NGOs, as well as international research institutes like the ISREC or the Ludwig Institute in Lausanne, have similarly blessed the canton of Vaud by establishing their head office here (WWF, UICN) .

Establishing an institution in the canton of Vaud

This international presence is a privilege for the Olympic capital and the canton of Vaud. It also entails a responsibility to provide the best possible conditions for the development of international, non-governmental, sporting, academic and other activities.

This helps to explain why the canton of Vaud and the city of Lausanne, working in closely with the Swiss Confederation, have put in place a framework that makes it easy for international institutions to become established, reaffirming the Lake Geneva area's pre-eminence as a centre of excellence in this field.

Among the various support organisations, the existence of the International Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI), to which the canton of Vaud makes a substantial financial contribution, is worthy of special note. This centre offers practical assistance to international civil servants, members of permanent missions, consulates and NGOs (including their families) and answers the different questions they have regarding their integration into everyday life in the region. If you have any further questions, please refer to the CAGI's homepage at

The following sections will provide you with all the information you need to help you establish an institution in the canton.