The Canton of Vaud is located in western Switzerland, and its capital is Lausanne. The canton covers a surface of 3212.1 km² and has a population of 729,971 (status: December 2012; wikipedia.org).
Lausanne is on the shores of Lake Geneva and is one of the largest cities in Switzerland. It has 130,515 inhabitants and spreads over a surface of 41.37 km² (status: December 2012; wikipedia.org). This city is a key transportation hub in western Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are both based in Lausanne.