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Lausanne is a city in French speaking part of Switzerland, at the shores of Lake Geneva (French: Lac Léman), opposite of Évian-les-Bains, France, and about 60km north-east of Geneva. It is the capital of the Vaud canton. Population (December 2003): 126,766. It lies in the middle of a wine-growing region.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Miscellaneous
3 Education
4 Museums
5 Photos of Lausanne
6 External links


The Romans built a military camp which they called Lousanna at the site of a Celtic settlement. The city which grew from the camp was ruled by the Dukes of Savoy and the Bishop of Lausanne, and then by Berne from 1536 to 1798. In 1803, it became the capital of a newly formed Swiss canton, Vaud.


The International Olympic Committee has its headquarters in Lausanne, and the Olympic Museum is also located there.



Photos of Lausanne

Photos of Lausanne, taken in June 2001:

External links

See also: Lausanne Township, Pennsylvania