Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Switzerland and Norway attach a high priority to the fields of human security, including human rights and peace policies, humanitarian policy and migration. Close contacts exist at the multilateral level, both within international organisations, e.g. the United Nations, and regional organisations, e.g. the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
As neither of them is a member of the European Union, Switzerland and Norway maintain close contacts within the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the World Trade Association (WTO). However, bilateral economic exchange remains rather modest, amounting to just CHF 1.12 billion in 2015.
Swiss nationals in Norway
At the end of 2015, there were 2523 Swiss nationals living in Norway.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
The Swiss embassy in Oslo supports the activities of the International Students Union of Norway (ISU Norway) as a partner. This independent student organisation is active in defending the social, academic and political interests of all international students in Norway.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland opened a Consulate in Oslo as early as 1847 (becoming a Consulate General in 1921). Norway established a Consulate General in Zurich in 1906. In 1918, the Norwegian ambassador in Rome was accredited to Bern and the Swiss representative in Stockholm was accredited to Oslo. The legations that were opened in Bern and Oslo after the Second World War were elevated to the status of embassies in 1955 and 1957 respectively.
Since 1951 the Swiss ambassador in Oslo has also been responsible for Iceland. In 2006 King Harald and Queen Sonja came on a state visit to Switzerland. In 2010 Doris Leuthard, the then President of the Swiss Confederation, was invited on a state visit to Oslo.