Bossey (Haute-Savoie)

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Bossey (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Community association Genevois
Coordinates 46 ° 9 '  N , 6 ° 10'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 9 '  N , 6 ° 10'  E
height 430-1,251 m
surface 3.88 km 2
Residents 1,018 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 262 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74160
INSEE code

Bossey is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Bossey is located at 460  m , about six kilometers south of the city of Geneva (as the crow flies). The village extends at the northern foot of the Salève , on the edge of the Genevois , in the immediate vicinity of the border with Switzerland .

The area of ​​the 3.88 square kilometers large municipal area includes a section of the Genevois. The northern border runs along the edge of the plain that extends south of Geneva and the Arve . From here the community area extends southwards over the initially gentle, later very steep slope of the Grand Salève. Its northwest slope is criss-crossed by several limestone bands and also shows two erosion channels , namely the Grande Gorge and the Petite Gorge . On the ridge of the Salève, the highest point of Bossey is reached at 1265  m .

In addition to the original village, Bossey also includes the hamlet settlements of Sous Bossey ( 447  m ) below the village north of the traffic axes , Laidefeur ( 468  m ) and Crevin ( 496  m ) at the northern foot of the Salève. Neighboring communities of Bossey are Étrembières and Monnetier-Mornex in the east, Collonges-sous-Salève in the south, and the Swiss communities Bardonnex and Troinex in the north.


The municipality of Bossey was settled very early, with the earliest finds dating from the Magdalenian (in the Caverne de l'Ours). The village is first mentioned in 1178 under the name Bossye . The place name goes back to the old French word boschel (small forest).

Since the Middle Ages , Bossey was part of the Saint-Pierre cathedral chapter of Geneva. During the Reformation, the goods of the cathedral chapter came to the city of Geneva, which is why the village from then on formed an enclave in the Savoy region. With the Turin Treaty of 1754, Bossey came to Savoy and shared the latter's fate. The northern part of the municipality with Troinex was assigned to the Swiss canton of Geneva in 1815. Jean-Jacques Rousseau spent part of his childhood in Bossey.


The village church of Bossey dates from the 18th century. Of the secular buildings, the Château Crevin should be mentioned.


year Residents
1962 387
1968 419
1975 525
1982 450
1990 486
1999 545
2006 664

With 1018 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Bossey is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. Especially during the 1970s, the population grew steadily, after which the population fluctuated around 500 people with some fluctuations. In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of residents.

Economy and Infrastructure

Bossey was a predominantly agricultural village well into the 20th century . Today there are various small and medium-sized businesses. Numerous workers are commuters who go to work in the larger towns in the area, especially in the Geneva-Annemasse area.

The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is on the main road N206 , which runs from Annemasse along the Swiss border to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois . The A40 motorway  also crosses the municipality, the next connection is around four kilometers away.

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