As a novelty in Oceania, the Federal Council has appointed a job-sharing couple to represent the Swiss Government in the Australia-Pacific region. On 12 October 2016, Mr Pedro Zwahlen was accredited as Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia. In January 2017, Mrs Yasmine Chatila Zwahlen arrived in Canberra to take up her duties as Ambassador to Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Ambassador Yasmine Chatila is also the Special Envoy of Switzerland for the Pacific Region. ©FDFA

Dear visitors,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the Embassy of Switzerland in Canberra. Together with the Consulate General in Sydney and our Honorary Consuls in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Port Moresby, our mission is to enhance the multifaceted relations of Switzerland with Australia as well as with Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. This includes the deepening of our political cooperation both bilaterally and in the field of regional and multilateral diplomacy, mutually beneficial economic relations, an intense cooperation in the fields of science and education as well as cultural exchanges of many sorts.

While the focus of our Embassy in Canberra is on the relations between governments and institutions, the main task of the Consulate General in Sydney is providing consular services to the Swiss citizens and other nationals in the 6 countries mentioned. All services in relation to consular affairs are exclusively available at the Consulate General in Sydney. For trade activities between Switzerland and Australia, the Trade Point based in the Consulate General is a great asset to effectively complement our efforts in this large, dynamic part of the world. Also under the roof of the Consulate General is the Office of Switzerland Tourism, working with local travel agents to promote the beauty of Switzerland.

This website offers a broad range of information on our activities as well as links to our partners such as the Swiss associations and clubs in our region. We hope you enjoy visiting our website and find it useful. Do not hesitate to contact us with suggestions, observations or questions. We look forward to working with you.

Yours sincerely,   

Pedro Zwahlen

Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia

Yasmine Chatila Zwahlen

Ambassador of Switzerland
to Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu,
and Special Envoy of Switzerland to the Pacific