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A Welcome by the Ambassador

His Excellency Thomas Litscher

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The Ambassador of Switzerland, His Excellency Thomas Litscher ©FDFA

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo!

Relations between Switzerland and Sri Lanka are rich and manifold. Diplomatic relations were established more than 50 years ago, in 1956, and encompass mainly economy and cooperation. I am particularly pleased to note the quality of the relationship between our people: 46,000 Swiss of Sri Lankan origin and Sri Lankans are living in Switzerland; about 400 dynamic Swiss compatriots are living in Sri Lanka and a few thousand Swiss tourists visit Sri Lanka every year.

The Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo is also responsible for relations with the Republic of Maldives. 2006 marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Maldives, a favourite destination for many thousands of Swiss tourists every year.

Our website is designed to help you to get acquainted with Swiss Foreign Policy as well as the activities of the Embassy. Moreover, it contains information about travelling to Switzerland (visa requirements, tourism, studies), and about travel to Sri Lanka and Maldives. Relevant data for Swiss nationals is also available. A special section is dedicated to the economy and trade promotion. A rich choice of web links is given about the Swiss Authorities, media and culture.

I wish you a pleasant exploration of the site. For any further information, please contact us.

Thomas Litscher
Ambassador of Switzerland
to Sri Lanka and The Maldives