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Vernier, Switzerland

Vernier
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Coat of arms of Vernier
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Vernier is located in Switzerland
Vernier
Vernier
Coordinates: 46°12′N 6°6′E / 46.200°N 6.100°E / 46.200; 6.100Coordinates: 46°12′N 6°6′E / 46.200°N 6.100°E / 46.200; 6.100
Country Switzerland
Canton Geneva
District n.a.
Government
 • Executive Conseil administratif
with 3 members
 • Mayor Maire
Pierre Ronget FDP/PRD/PLR
(as of February 2014)
 • Parliament Conseil municipal
Area
 • Total 7.68 km2 (2.97 sq mi)
Elevation 440 m (1,440 ft)
Population (Dec 2015)
 • Total 34,655
 • Density 4,500/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Postal code 1214 Vernier
1216 Cointrin
1219 Aïre
1219 Châtelaine
1219 Le Lignon
1220 Les Avanchets
SFOS number 6643
Localities Aïre, Balexert, Châtelaine, Cointrin, Le Lignon, Les Avanchets
Surrounded by Bernex, Geneva, Grand-Saconnex, Lancy, Meyrin, Onex, Satigny
Website www.vernier.ch
SFSO statistics

Vernier (French pronunciation: ​[vɛʁnje]) is a municipality in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. It is divided into different sections: Vernier Village, Le Lignon, Aïre, Les Avanchets, Cointrin and Châtelaine.

The Mairie of Vernier is found in Vernier Village on Rue du Village 9. You can arrange for a wedding there. It is the oldest part of Vernier, some of the buildings have been around since the 18th century. Wars have been going on since the 11th Century meaning Vernier has been occupied by the Burgundians, the Franks, the Saracens, the Savoy(French), the Swiss, the French and the Swiss again, as part of the Canton of Geneva. It is considered to be the 2nd most important commune after Geneva. There is a train station in Cointrin and another further on. It is about 5 minutes from Geneva Airport, 15 from the centre of Geneva. There are IMAX/3D cinemas at the shopping centre, Balexert which is a short 5 minutes drive from Vernier. In addition to cinemas, Balexert is a huge shopping mall for everyday needs too.

Apart from Vernier Village, there is the Lignon, a 1 km long block of flats, Aïre, which is next to Lignon and down by the river, Cointrin where lies the Airport (at about 5 minutes from the village and about 15 minutes from the centre of Geneva). Les Avanchets is another block of flats right next to the shopping centre balexert. Châtelaine is also near balexert. The SIG, or the Services Industriels de Genève, have a water treatment plant on the banks of the Rhone in Aïre.

Vernier has an area, as of 2009, of 7.68 square kilometers (2.97 sq mi). Of this area, 1.01 km2 (0.39 sq mi) or 13.2% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.74 km2 (0.29 sq mi) or 9.6% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 5.57 km2 (2.15 sq mi) or 72.5% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.33 km2 (0.13 sq mi) or 4.3% is either rivers or lakes and 0.01 km2 (2.5 acres) or 0.1% is unproductive land.


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