Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Qatar, which are excellent, were first established in 1973.
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Relations between Switzerland and the Emirate of Qatar continued to improve over the years, be it at the level of trade, or the supply of Swiss services and hi-tech know-how, research and education. Ties have been established between the Qatar Foundation and various Swiss institutions.
The Emirate of Qatar is of interest to Switzerland in terms of its diplomatic and in particular peacebuilding activities around the world as well as for hosting many international conferences and summits.
In 1995 Switzerland concluded a bilateral agreement on air transport with the Emirate of Qatar.
Furthermore an agreement on the protection of investments came into force in 2004, which was also the year in which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed for cooperation in science and education.
Swiss nationals in Qatar
The Swiss colony in Qatar numbers 124 persons.
History of bilateral relations
The establishment of diplomatic relations with the Emirate of Qatar was decided by the Federal Council shortly after the Emirate became an independent state in 1973.