As the official representation of Switzerland, the embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Switzerland. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic and financial affairs, legal arrangements, science, education and culture.
The tasks of the embassy
The embassy supports cooperation between the authorities in Switzerland and the Netherlands. In this respect, close contact with the respective ministries is important. Bilateral meetings organised by the embassy are used to strengthen relations between Switzerland and the host country.
The embassy promotes the Swiss economy in the host country, Swiss exports and tourism. It establishes contacts with Swiss businesses and provides them with general information and legal advice concerning the economy of the host country in order to facilitate contacts with the Dutch authorities. The embassy monitors the economic and political situation in the country and communicates developments that are of interest to Switzerland.
The embassy fosters collaboration in the areas of science, technology and education with the aim of strengthening cooperation between the two countries in terms of research and innovation. It promotes the exchange of ideas between scientific institutions, universities and decision-makers from the scientific community.
In terms of culture, the embassy aims to promote mutual understanding in its work to implement Swiss cultural policy. It strengthens contacts with – and between – relevant cultural institutions of Switzerland and the host country, and also with artists, for example supporting Swiss artists who would like to show their work abroad. Events organised or supported by the embassy should highlight Switzerland's commitment to culture and help build bridges between different cultures.
With regard to the media, the embassy acts as an interface between the Swiss government and the national and international media in the host country. It supports the work of journalists working for Swiss media.
Swiss Embassy in the Netherlands
Lange Voorhout 42, 2514 EE Den Haag
Michael Cottier, Minister, First Counselor
Tel. +31 (0)70 310 91 80 or +41 (0)58 462 83 66
Martin van Schoten, Political, Economic & Trade Affairs Officer
Tel. +31 (0)70 310 91 18 or +41 (0)58 480 17 35
Susanne Förster, Political and Cultural Affairs Officer, Communication
E-Mail der Vertretung: firstname.lastname@example.org