Troinex, Geneva, Switzerland

Troinex is a Swiss municipality in the canton of Geneva. A predominantly agricultural village until the last century, Troinex has become a rather residential municipality for about fifty years. However, it still has, in the marsh area at the foot of the Salève, one of the largest market gardening areas in Switzerland, in which modern greenhouse and aboveground production techniques are used.

Located between town and countryside, close to urban amenities, but well established in the agricultural area, the commune of Troinex is a dynamic village that knows how to adapt to the needs of its population and of today’s society. According to the Federal Statistical Office, Troinex measures 3.42 km2. 26.2% of this area corresponds to housing or infrastructure areas, 66.6% to agricultural areas and 7.3% to wooded areas. The town borders Veyrier, Bardonnex and Plan-les-Ouates, as well as the French town of Bossey in Haute-Savoie.

Troinex has a little over 2,300 inhabitants. Its territory covers 3.45 km2 and culminates at 430 meters, in place of the Town Hall. The town does not have a large industry, but it has many very active small craft businesses, as well as some shops in the center of the village which are very popular with locals and people passing through.

Troinex also has the particularity and the privilege of housing three churches: the Catholic Church, the Protestant Church (which is part of the parish of Troinex-Veyrier) and the Armenian Church.

In 1780, the parish of Bossey was erected by the King of Sardinia Victor-Amédée III, to which that of Troinex was annexed. During the occupation of the Duchy of Savoy by French revolutionary troops, Bossey and Troinex joined forces to create a new municipality in 1793. It joined the department of Mont-Blanc, then in 1798 the department of Léman following the annexation of Geneva. Provisionally returned to Savoy after the defeats of Napoleon 1st; the Treaty of Turin, signed onMarch 16, 1816by Victor-Emmanuel 1st, King of Sardinia, ceded several municipalities to the canton of Geneva, including Troinex which was then included in the municipality of Veyrier. The May 30, 1817 Veyrier is divided into the municipalities of Veyrier and the municipality of Troinex.

As of 2010, Troinex had an unemployment rate of 4.7%. As of 2008, there were 117 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 15 businesses involved in this sector. 38 people were employed in the secondary sector and there were 10 businesses in this sector. 219 people were employed in the tertiary sector, with 53 businesses in this sector. There were 964 residents of the municipality who were employed in some capacity, of which females made up 42.6% of the workforce.

In 2008 the total number of full-time equivalent jobs was 346. The number of jobs in the primary sector was 112, all of which were in agriculture. The number of jobs in the secondary sector was 37 of which 25 or (67.6%) were in manufacturing and 12 (32.4%) were in construction. The number of jobs in the tertiary sector was 197. In the tertiary sector; 30 or 15.2% were in wholesale or retail sales or the repair of motor vehicles, 6 or 3.0% were in the movement and storage of goods, 18 or 9.1% were in a hotel or restaurant, 2 or 1.0% were in the information industry, 1 was the insurance or financial industry, 11 or 5.6% were technical professionals or scientists, 15 or 7.6% were in education and 18 or 9.1% were in health care.

In 2000, there were 164 workers who commuted into the municipality and 833 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net exporter of workers, with about 5.1 workers leaving the municipality for every one entering. About 10.4% of the workforce coming into Troinex are coming from outside Switzerland, while 0.0% of the locals commute out of Switzerland for work. Of the working population, 12.7% used public transportation to get to work, and 66.7% used a private car.

In Troinex about 633 or (31.2%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 507 or (25.0%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 507 who completed tertiary schooling, 41.8% were Swiss men, 35.9% were Swiss women, 14.2% were non-Swiss men and 8.1% were non-Swiss women.

During the 2009-2010 school year there were a total of 537 students in the Troinex school system. The education system in the Canton of Geneva allows young children to attend two years of non-obligatory Kindergarten. During that school year, there were 38 children who were in a pre-kindergarten class. The canton’s school system provides two years of non-mandatory kindergarten and requires students to attend six years of primary school, with some of the children attending smaller, specialized classes. In Troinex there were 90 students in kindergarten or primary school and 6 students were in the special, smaller classes. The secondary school program consists of three lower, obligatory years of schooling, followed by three to five years of optional, advanced schools. There were 90 lower secondary students who attended school in Troinex. There were 113 upper secondary students from the municipality along with 14 students who were in a professional, non-university track program. An additional 69 students attended a private school.

As of 2000, there were 59 students in Troinex who came from another municipality, while 238 residents attended schools outside the municipality.

Historical heritage
Saint-Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church, built in 1969.

The Ladies’ Stone
In 1819 was discovered a whole megalithic of the Neolithic in the municipality of Troinex. Excavations were undertaken in 1847 around a block of granite which drew attention because four female figures are carved on one of its faces. This “Pierre aux Dames” was probably engraved in the Gallo-Roman period, it was transported to the Bastions park in 1872, then to the art and history museum in 1942. It was classified by the Council of State in 1921. A fiberglass copy was made in 1998 and restored in 2006, it can be found on Town Hall Square.

From the 2000 census, 820 or 40.4% were Roman Catholic, while 443 or 21.8% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 13 members of an Orthodox church (or about 0.64% of the population), there were 9 individuals (or about 0.44% of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic Church, and there were 21 individuals (or about 1.03% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 32 individuals (or about 1.58% of the population) who were Jewish, and 36 (or about 1.77% of the population) who were Islamic. There were 4 individuals who were Buddhist, 3 individuals who were Hindu and 5 individuals who belonged to another church. 504 (or about 24.83% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 140 individuals (or about 6.90% of the population) did not answer the question.

Green space

Malbine park
Inaugurated in April 2017, the Malbine park is located next to the Town Hall and hosts 8 magnificent statues, all created in Troinex by an artist named Malbine born in 1917 who has shared her life, since 1967, between the village of artists of Ein Hod in Israel and Troinex. If you wish to discover all of Malbine’s sculptures present in various public places in Geneva, we invite you to take this artistic walk, offered by the Art for Help Foundation.

Verdonnet-Bouchet horticultural farm
Unique and modern establishment dedicated to the cultivation of flowering pot plants on the 65,000 m² (including 50,000 m² of glass greenhouses). Efficient handling tools for production and order preparation. These devices allow us to satisfy a demanding and diverse clientele: florist, garden center, landscaper, horticulturalist, etc. A catalog where greenhouse plants and cold greenhouse plants coexist, ranging from Pansy to Orchid, from Dipladenia to Poinsettia. Respecting our common environment on a daily basis is one of our convictions.

The vegetable garden
Come and pick up and eat fruits: (Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry…) thanks to our new vegetable garden.

Indoor plants
Discover our range of Indoor Plants and Flowers: (Orchid, Poinsettia, Azalea, Cyclamen, Bromelia, Kalanchoe…)

Aromatic plants
Discover our production of Aromatic Plants: (Chives, Chervil, Tarragon, Laurel, Rosemary, Parsley…)

La Flânerie
La Flânerie: New space dedicated to plants, beauty, organic, good. Flowers, aromatic plants, vegetables, fruits, grown on site. Parenthesis of freshness. At La Flânerie, we grow organic flowers, aromatic plants, berries, vegetables and organic vegetable plants.

Verdonnet-Bouchet vegetable garden
On two hectares of open ground cultivation, come and discover our plantations of small red fruits (strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, etc.). This vegetable garden is intended to be both gustatory and ornamental, do not hesitate to come with your family to pick your favorite fruits. A single watchword all to your baskets.