Bilateral relations

Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Venezuela are good, but not particularly well-developed.

Economic cooperation

In 2015, Switzerland imported goods – primarily gold and to a lesser extent agricultural products and metals – worth CHF 278m. The value of Swiss exports – primarily pharmaceuticals, machinery and precision instruments – totalled CHF 377m.

In 2014 Swiss direct investments stood at CHF 1.7bn and around 6,773 people in Venezuela were employed by Swiss firms.

North and Latin America, SECO

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Swiss-Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce (es)

Swiss nationals in Venezuela

At the end of 2015, there were 1,547 Swiss nationals living in Venezuela.

History of bilateral relations

Switzerland opened an honorary consulate in the capital Caracas in1909. In 1939, it opened a diplomatic representation (first a legation and from 1961 onwards an embassy). A Swiss-Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce was set up in 1979.

Venezuela, historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)