Bilateral relations Switzerland–Dominican Republic

Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Dominican Republic are very good. Economic exchanges and trade have grown in recent years. The Dominican Republic is well known in Switzerland as a tourist and holiday destination.

Economic cooperation

In 2017, Swiss imports from the Dominican Republic – made up primarily of precious stones and metals and agricultural products – totalled CHF 181 million. Switzerland exports mostly machines, watches, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and cleaning products to the Dominican Republic. In 2017, Swiss exports amounted to CHF 29 million.

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Swiss nationals in the Dominican Republic

At the end of 2017, there were 2,241 Swiss nationals living in the Dominican Republic, making it the largest Swiss community in the Caribbean.

History of bilateral relations

The Dominican Republic gained independence in 1844. Switzerland recognised the new state and opened a consulate in Santo Domingo in 1936. During the Second World War, Switzerland represented the interests of the Dominican Republic in several countries. The Swiss consulate was upgraded to a consulate general in 1959, before becoming an embassy in 2007. Since May 2011, the regional consular centre in Santo Domingo has also been responsible for consular affairs in Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis.

The Dominican Republic, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)