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Adulyadej, Bhumibol (1927-) Thailand
The King of Thailand lived in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva from the age of six. He received his university education in Lausanne where he
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Alesi, Jean (1964-) France
The French Formula 1 driver lives in Nyon, near Geneva. Jean Alesi was born to Sicilian parents in 1964 in Montfavet, near Avignon. His passion for au
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Anouilh, Jean (1910-1987) France
The famous French conservative theater author, born in Bordeau and one time assistant of Louis Jouvet, came to Pully (a poshy suburb of Lausanne) for
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Voltaire, Jean-Marie (1694-1778) France
Le philosophe et homme de lettres a habité Genève et Lausanne dès 1753. Fils d'un trésorier de la chambre des comptes, François-Marie Arouet est né en
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Ben Bella, - (1916-) Algery
The Algerian politician lived in exile in sunny Lausanne, just 30 minutes away from France, until he was able to return to his own country.
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Bergson, Henri (1859-1941) France
This famous French philosopher lived in Vevey from 1937 to 1940.
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Clavel, Bernard (1923-) France
This French writer and winner of the 1968 Goncourt prize for Les Fruits de l'Hiver (The fruit of winter) is one of the most prolific authors of his ge
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Napoléon III,  (1808-1873) France
Le président de la Deuxième République puis Empereur des Français passa sa jeunesse en Suisse. Napoléon III est né en 1808, à Paris. Fils de Louis Bo
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Botnar, Octav (1933-1998) Romania
The greatest importer of Nissan cars to England, Botnar was able to secure as much as 7% of the English new car market. He made about SFR3,000 million
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Brillat-Savarin, Jean-Anthelmes (1755-1826) France
Brilliant lawyer at the Court of Cassation and highly skilled gastronome known for his "Physiology of Taste", Brillat Savarin was forced t
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Mercury, Freddie (1946-1991) UK
The lead singer of Queen was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946 on Zanzibar island. Son of a British diplomat, he spent part of his chi
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Byron, George (1788-1824) UK
This English poet was the main precursor to the wave of Romanticism in the nineteenth century. Byron loved the Geneva Riviera and set several of his s
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Chanel, Coco (1883-1971) France
The empress of fashion lived in upper Lausanne for ten years. Gabrielle Chanel was born in 1883 in a hospice in Saumur. Her mother was abandon
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Chaplin, Charlie (1889-1977) UK
The famous English comedian whose silent movies made the entire world laugh lived for over 25 years in Switzerland. Born in the Kennington district
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Chaplin, GeraldineUK
The actress daughter of Charlie Chaplin lives in Switzerland
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Collins, Phil (1951-) UK
The English singer has lived in Switzerland since 1994. Born in London in 1951, he performed as an actor-singer in a London production at the age of 1
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Coulthard, David (1971-) Angleterre
David Coulthard, le célèbre pilote de F1 est né le 27 Mars 1971 en Ecosse. Il habite actuellement à Villars-sur-Ollon. Déjà champion de Karting à l'â
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Courbet, Gustave (1819-1877) France
The famous realist french painter Courbet joined the communist insurrection known as "La Commune" in 1871 and was responsible for the art museums of P
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Coward, Noel (1899-1973) UK
The British actor lived in upper Montreux from 1958 until his death. Born in 1899 in the poor London suburb of Teddington, he embarked in the theater
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Béjart, Maurice (1927-) France
The illustrious dancer and choreographer has run the Béjart Ballet Lausanne since 1987. Born in Marseilles in 1927, Maurice Béjart was trained
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Balthus,  (1908-2001) France
Considered a living legend of painting, Balthus lived 23 years in Rossinière in an area known as the Pays d'Enhaut or Highlands. Balthazar Klo
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Edelman, Asher (1939-) USA
The New York raider, famous for his takeover bids in the eighties, moved to Epalinges in upper Lausanne in 1988. He relocated to Switzerland s
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Twain, Shania (1965-) Canada
The famous country singer lives in a manor near Montreux in French-speaking Switzerland with her husband and producer, Mutt Lange. Born Eilleen Edward
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Fizgerald, Scott (1896-1940) USA
"Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end." One trip abroad Already a famous author by the age of 24,
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Gambetta, Léon (1838-1882) France
Léon Gambetta was one of the founders of the French Third Republic. An eloquent lawyer, he became known for defending opponents of Napoleon II
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Gibbon, Edward (1737-1794) UK
Writer and historian of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon was born in England on April 27, 1737 and spent his youth on the banks of Lake Geneva
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Goulandris, BasilGreece
The Greek shipowner settled in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1965. Basil P. Goulandris was born on the Island of Andros in the Aegean Sea. His fath
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Greene, Graham (1904-1991) UK
The British writer and journalist traveled at length for his employer, the Foreign Office, for whom he covered diverse current affairs, particularly d
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Guelfi, André (1919-) France
Born in 1919 in Mazagan, Morocco, French businessman André Guelfi lived in Switzerland for over 25 years. His father was a Corsican military officer
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Haskil, Clara (1895-1960) Romania
The great pianist obtained asylum in Switzerland in 1942, where she lived between friends houses before she finally bought a chalet in Cornaux near Ch
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Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961) USA
Ernest Hemingway, le célèbre romancier américain, est né le 21 Juillet 1899 à Chicago. Il vit une première fois quelques temps en Suisse en 1922 l
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Hendricks, Barbara (1948-) USA
The most famous opera singer in the world lives in Clarens, on the outskirts of Montreux. Barbara Hendricks was born in 1948 in Stephens, Arkansas, in
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Taylor, Vince (1939-1991) UK
The English leather-clad singer lived in Switzerland for eight years, the best of his life. He was born Brian Maurice Holden just weeks before the out
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Horn, Mike (1966-) South Africa
South African explorer and athlete Mike Horn accomplished a unique feat: a solo journey around the world along the equator, using only his ow
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Jackson, Michael (1958-) USA
The king of pop music appreciates Switzerland's tranquility and chose this country to record his last album. Born in 1958 in Gary, Indiana (USA),
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Jacq, Christian (1947-) France
Christian Jacq, écrivain égyptologue français, est né à Paris en 1947. Dès son plus jeune âge il tombe amoureux de l'Egypte ancienne et de sa cultur
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Bowie, David (1947-) UK
In 1982, the English pop star moved to upper Lausanne in Switzerland to find a haven of stability and fade into anonymity. He purchased an early twent
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Kamprad, Ingvar (1926-) Sweden
The charismatic founder of IKEA, the multinational furniture company that currently generates over 15 billion in sales, has always had a k
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Kokoschka, Oscar (1886-1980) Austria
The great painter, engraver and writer learned his art in the Vienne Jugenstil before travelling all over Europe. In 1954 he chose Vevey as his home,
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Krüger, Paul (1825-1904) Afrique du Sud
Le président du Transvaal prit sa retraite à Clarens, à côté de Montreux. Né en 1825 à Colesberg, en Afrique du Sud, Stephanus Johannes Paulus Krüger
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Lemos, CostasGreece
This Greek shipowner lived in Lausanne, the heart of the Swiss Greek community. Born on the Island of Oinuse, Costas Lemos succeeded in building his s
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Lindbergh, Charles (1902-1974) USA
Charles Augustus Lindbergh le pilote le plus célèbre de tout les temps est né le 4 février 1902 à Détroit au États-Unis. A 18 ans, il entre à l’univ
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Livanos, Georges (1926-1997) Greece
Like many of his fellow countrymen, this Greek shipowner lived in Lausanne. Georges Livanos was born in 1926 in New Orleans. His father, Stavros Livan
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Ludlow, Edmund (1617-1693) UK
This English politician sought asylum in Switzerland
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Mannerheim, Gustav (1867-1951) Finland
Marshal and statesman Mannerheim is one of Finland's most popular historical figures, incarnating the heroic resistance of the Finnish people against
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Martin, Jacques (1920-) France
The comic artist who created Alix has lived in Switzerland since 1984. Jacques Martin was born in September, 1920, in Strasbourg. He began his tra
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Mercouri, Melina (1920-1994) Greece
The Greek singer lived over seven years in Lausanne. Maria Amalia Mersuris was born in 1920 in Athens to a bourgeois family. Her grandfather was the m
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Mobutu, Sese Seko (1930-1997) Congo-Kinshasa
Le Guide suprême de la nation zaïroise possédait une villa à Savigny, sur les hauts de Lausanne. Mobutu Sese Seko est né en 1930 à Lisala, au Con
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Morand, Paul (1888-1976) France
The french writer loved so much Vevey that he spent 20 years of his life there. He was particularly fond of the possibility of going everywhere either
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Moscicki, Ignacy (-1946) Poland
Ex head of state of Poland.
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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945) Italie
Anectode Lausannoise sur Mussolini:
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Nabokov, Vladimir (1899-1977) Russia
The Russian writer was born in 1899 to a wealthy family from St Petersburg. By the age of seven, he could speak French and English fluently. His h
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Nestlé, Henri (1814-1890) Germany
The founder of one of the leading Swiss companies settled in Vevey in 1833. Henri Nestlé was born in 1814 to a rich Frankfurt family. Fleeing t
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Nijinsky, Vaslav (1885-1950) Russia
The great dancer came in Switzerland for health reasons around 1919 and stayed several years. He later died in London.
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Niven, David (1910-1983) UK
The British actor lived near Gstaad, a ski resort in the Bernese Alps. David Niven was born in 1910 in Kirremiuir, Scotland. The fine reputation of hi
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Noah, Yannik (1960-) France
This French tennis player and singer used to own a home in Montreux. Born in Sedan in 1960, Yannick Noah is the son of a Cameroonian socce
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Paderewski, Ignace (1860-1941) Poland
The great Polish composer spent most of his life in Switzerland near Lausanne. He returned to Poland to be Prime Minister, before fleeing again to the
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Pareto, Vilfredo (1848-1923) Italy
The great neo-classical economist came from Italy on the request of Walras to teach at the Lausanne school, which he consequently made world famous.
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Picasso, Paloma (1949-) Spain
Paloma Picasso, designer and business woman, moved to Switzerland in January, 2001. The daughter of Pablo Picasso was born in 1949 in Vallauris on
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Pratt, Hugo (1927-1995) Italy
Hugo Pratt, illustrator, painter of water color and creator of Corto Maltese, lived on the Geneva Riviera for 11 years. Born in Rimini in 1927, he
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Prost, Alain (1955-) France
French race car driver Alain Prost has lived in Switzerland since 1983. Nicknamed The Professor by his admirers, this four-time Formula 1 World Champi
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Quinet, Edgar (1803-1875) France
The French politician, historian and philosopher sought asylum in Switzerland between 1851 and 1875
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Rausing, Gad (1922-) Sweden
Gad and his brother, Hans, are the richest men in Europe, thanks to their packing firm Tetra Laval. They have chosen Pully as the international seat o
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Reclus, Elisee (1830-1907) France
Geographer Elisée Reclus lived over over 22 years in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. Born in 1830, he initially went to the Protestant Colle
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Romanov, Nicolas (1917-) Russia
The great Duke Romanov, heir of the Russian tsar, lives in exile in Switzerland like several other monarchs whose nations have suffered revolutions.
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Ronjat, Etienne (1657-1737) France
First doctor of his Majesty William III of England, the french man came in Vevey at 63 until his death. He led many charity works and was later made
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Roumanie, Michel (1921-) Romania
The King of Rumania has lived in exile in Switzerland since 1956. Born in 1921, Michael I of Rumania is the son of Prince Carol. Upon the deat
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Roussel Onassis, Athina (1985-) Greece
The young heiress of Aristotle Onassis' billions lives with her French father and stepfamily on the shores of Lake Geneva. Athina Roussel was
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Hepburn, Audrey (1929-1993) UK
The English actress lived for over 30 years in Switzerland, in the canton of Vaud. Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels in 1929. Her father
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Sachs, Gunter (1933-) Germany
Heir to the Fichtel & Sachs-Werke fortune and ex-husband of French actress, Brigitte Bardot, Günter Sachs is the ultimate billionaire playboy, and a g
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Samaranch, Antonio (1920-) Spain
The former Franco ambassador has been elected president of the International Olympic Comittee in 1980. Born in Barcelona. In the 1950s and 1960s he he
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Schmit, Helmut (1925-1992) Germany
The actor came here for family reasons and never went back to highly-taxed Germany
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Schumacher, Michael (1969-) Germany
The three-time Formula 1 champion has been living in Switzerland since 1996. Michael Schumacher was born in 1969 in Hürth, near Cologne. By the age of
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Shelley, Mary (1797-1851) Angleterre
L'auteur de Frankenstein a trouvé l'inspiration sur les rives du lac Léman. Mary Shelley est née le 30 août 1797, d'un père philosophe et écrivain, Wi
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Sienkiewicz, Henryk (1846-1916) Poland
The 1905 litterature Nobel Prize stayed from 1914 to his death in Vevey at the Hotel du Lac.
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Simenon, Georges (1903-1989) Belgique
Georges Simenon, le père du célèbre commissaire Maigret, est né le vendredi 13 février 1903 à Liège. Dès son plus jeune âge Simenon manifeste un
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Stewart, Jackie (1939-) UK
The legendary Scottish race car driver lives north of Lake Geneva in the canton of Vaud. Born in 1939, John Young Stewart grew up surrounded by cars s
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Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971) Russia
The Russian composer, who acquired first French and then American nationality, lived for a long time in Clarens, near Montreux. This amazing conductor
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Tchaïkowsky, Piotr (1840-1893) Russia
The Russian composer began his career in 1863, after having studied law and at the Conservatory under Anton Rubinstein. After a failed marriage with
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Ustinov, Peter (1921-2004) Russia
The English actor and writer settled in Switzerland in 1980. Born in London in 1921, Peter Ustinov may be of Russian origin, but Ethiopian, German and
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Verneuil, Henri (1920-) France
French movie director of Armenian decent, who lived for years in Lausanne and recently moved to Geneva.
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Villeneuve, Jacques (1971-) Canada
The Canadian race car driver lives in Villars-sur-Ollon, where he relaxes each year after the Grand Prix races. Born in 1971, Jacques Villeneuve start
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Viollet-le-Duc, Eugène (1814-1879) France
Viollet-le-Duc was one of the finest 19th century connaisseur of Medieval architecture. Born in Paris, he helped transform many older buildings such a
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Walras, Léon (1834-1910) France
The great neo-classical economist could not teach in France and thus fled to Lausanne, where he founded a new school at the University. Later he took
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Warren, Réginald (1910-1994) France
Following a career in the English military, Warren lived near Lausanne
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Wordsworth, William (1770-1850) UK
English poet William Wordsworth was still a student at Cambridge when he developed a passion for the Alps while reading texts by Rousseau. In
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Elisee Reclus
(1830 - 1907) France
Geographer Elisée Reclus lived over over 22 years in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. Born in 1830, he initially went to the Protestant College in Montauban before studying geography under Carl Ritter in Berlin. He identified with with the Republicans during the Revolution of 1848. Forced to leave France due to his opposition to the coup d'Etat of December 2, 1851, he would not return for another six years. Won over by the anarchist theses put forth by Bakunin, whom he met in 1865, he b >>>
                                                                                                           


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