Bilateral relations Switzerland–Bolivia

Relations between Switzerland and Bolivia are good. Bolivia is a priority country for Switzerland's bilateral development cooperation carried out by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

The SDC has been active in Bolivia since 1968. As part of its cooperation strategy, the SDC has carried out projects in the areas of decentralisation and human rights, climate change mitigation, and employment and income.

Switzerland and Bolivia have agreements covering air transport, technical and scientific cooperation, and disaster relief.

Treaty database

Government of Bolivia (es)

Economic cooperation

Trade between the two countries is modest. In 2019, Switzerland imported goods – primarily agricultural and mining products – worth CHF 7.2 million from Bolivia. Swiss exports to Bolivia – primarily machinery, medical instruments and pharmaceutical products – amounted to CHF 22.8 million.

Swiss direct investments in Bolivia amounted to CHF 74 million at the end of 2018 and Swiss companies in Bolivia employed around 750 people.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise, SGE

Development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Swiss development cooperation is tailored to the Bolivian government’s poverty reduction priorities. It is aimed at improving incomes, employment opportunities and the quality of life of marginalised and poor segments of the population in order to promote greater participation in political decision-making processes.

The SDC is above all active in the rural regions of the Bolivian highlands and nearby valleys. Owing to the rapid urbanisation that has taken place in recent decades, the SDC’s activities now focus not only on rural areas but also on the poverty-stricken districts of Bolivia's cities.

Development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Swiss nationals in Bolivia

At the end of 2019, there were 850 Swiss nationals living in Bolivia.