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Meyrin is a municipality of the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland. It is the nearest Swiss settlement to the main site of the CERN particle physics laboratory.Meyrin was originally a small agricultural village until the 1950s, when construction of CERN began just to the north. It is now a commuter town dominated with apartment high-rises, and many of its residents work at CERN or in central Geneva.Geneva International Airport is partially located in Meyrin.HistoryMeyrin is first mentioned in 1153 as Mairin.GeographyMeyrin has an area, as of 2009, of 9.94km2. Of this area, 3.54km2 or 35.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.43km2 or 4.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 5.87km2 or 59.1% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.01km2 or 0.1% is either rivers or lakes and 0.08km2 or 0.8% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 11.1% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 17.7% and transportation infrastructure made up 25.8%. while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 3.5%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 28.5% is used for growing crops and 4.8% is pastures, while 2.3% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is in lakes.The municipality is located on the right bank of the Rhone river and consists of the sub-sections or villages of CERN, Maisonnex, Mategnin, Citadelle, Aéroport - Tour-de-Contrôle, Aéroport - Papillons, Aéroport - Forestier, Cointrin - Les Sapins, Cointrin - Les Ailes, Cointrin - Pré-Bois, ZI Riantbosson.
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