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Welcome by the Ambassador

S. Meyer, Swiss Ambassador in Ottawa
S. Meyer, Swiss Ambassador in Ottawa © FDFA

Dear Visitors,

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Switzerland in Canada.

Our site is designed to help you find quick and informative answers to your questions about Switzerland or this diplomatic mission in Ottawa, as well as Swiss-Canadian bilateral relations.

Diplomatic relations between our two countries officially began in 1945 and we can celebrate over seventy years of enduring friendship. Nevertheless, historical ties between our two nations go back to the early 17th century, when Canada became an important destination for Swiss emigrants. Today, there are almost 40 000 Swiss citizens living in Canada, many of whom actively organize to keep their Swiss traditions alive.

Canada and Switzerland have much in common. We share values of democracy, human rights, gender equality, diversity and federalism. Both countries demonstrate a strong commitment to a multilingual society, international cooperation, free trade and the protection of the environment.

The role of our embassy is to promote Swiss interests in Canada, strengthen existing bonds and build up new bridges of exchange in economy, culture and education. We see a high potential in expanding cooperation in areas such as science and innovation.

I hope you enjoy our website and I invite you to leave your comments and suggestions you might have. I am grateful for any feedback you might wish to provide

Best wishes

Salome Meyer

Ambassador of Switzerland to Canada