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The canton has only a 4.5 km (2.8 mi) long border with the rest of Switzerland.
Of 107.5 km (66.8 mi) of border, 103 are shared with France, the Département de l'Ain to the north and west and the Département de la Haute-Savoie to the south and east.
The altitude of Geneva is 373.6 metres (1,225.7 ft), and corresponds to the altitude of the largest of the Pierres du Niton, two large rocks emerging from the lake which date from the last ice age.
This rock was chosen by General Guillaume Henri Dufour as the reference point for surveying in Switzerland.
In the summer many people enjoy swimming in the lake, and frequently patronise public beaches such as Genève Plage and the Bains des Pâquis.
Geneva, in certain years, receives snow in the colder months of the year.
At the end of the Napoleonic Wars, on 1 June 1814, Geneva was admitted to the Swiss Confederation.
In 1907, the separation of Church and State was adopted.
The president of the executive department acts as mayor (la/le maire).
The climate of Geneva is temperate, oceanic (Köppen: Cfb).