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Pregny-Chambésy is a commune in the canton of Geneva in Switzerland. It is located directly north of the city of Geneva, on the south-western shore of Lake Geneva.A number of foreign permanent missions are located in Pregny-Chambésy due to its proximity to most of Geneva's United Nations organizations and agencies as well as Geneva International Airport.HistoryPregny-Chambésy is first mentioned in 1113 as Priniacum. In 1277 it was mentioned as Sambesie.GeographyPregny-Chambésy has an area, as of 2009, of 3.24km2. Of this area, 0.5km2 or 15.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.43km2 or 13.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 2.29km2 or 70.7% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.03km2 or 0.9% is either rivers or lakes.Of the built up area, housing and buildings made up 53.4% and transportation infrastructure made up 9.6%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 6.8%. Out of the forested land, 8.6% of the total land area is heavily forested and 4.6% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 6.2% is used for growing crops and 5.9% is pastures, while 3.4% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is in lakes.The municipality is located 3km from Geneva on the right shore of Lake Geneva. It originally consisted of the village of Pregny and the hamlets of Chambésy-Dessus and Chembésy-Dessous as well as the settlement of Roilbot. Until 1960 it was known as Pregny.
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