Welcome to Geneva

7. Participation

As a resident in the Canton of Geneva, you can take part in many different citizenship, social, political, cultural, sport, or religious activities.

Participating to associations, clubs and groups

There are all sorts of groupings: community associations around national or ethnic origin, sport, music, dance, or writing clubs or associations, etc.

You will find below a non-exhaustive list:

You can also create an association. Information and advice towards the creation of associations :

Helping, volunteering
Sharing objects or services
Volunteering in municipalities, community centers or recreational centers
Joining community events

Find out about the events scheduled in your neighborhood, by contacting your municipality of residence.

Participate in an urban project

Participate in the concertation processes related to the urban evolution of your neighborhood.


If you are 18 or over and have been residing in Switzerland for 8 years or more, you can elect the members of the parliament in your municipality of residence (Conseil municipal) or its government (Conseil administratif or Mayor and deputy mayors) and participate in municipal electoral consultations

Political life

Whatever your nationality, you may be active in a political party or in political citizens' associations who present lists of candidates for municipal elections, as well as in the committees or thematic working groups of these parties.


You will find in Geneva many active religious or spiritual communities:

Last updated
9 May 2023

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