Foreign policy

International organizations

Organizations where Switzerland is a member, where it has a mission or which are based in Switzerland

International law

Governs relations between states and serves as the basis for ensuring peace, stability and the protection of people.

Security Policy

Switzerland is involved in international organisations and security policy partnerships that contribute to world stability; commitment to a low level of armament, non-proliferation and arms control


Diplomats represent the interests of their own country in the host state. Approximately 170 countries have accredited an ambassador to Switzerland

The financial centre and the economy

The financial sector and exports as pillars of the Swiss economy; Swiss laws prohibit the investment of illicitly acquired assets in the Swiss financial centre

International cooperation

International cooperation is driven by the vision of a world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development. Through four equally-important objectives, Switzerland is making a global contribution.

Sustainability, environment, energy, health, education, science, transports and space

Ensuring coherence in specific policy areas, particularly education, science, space, health, the environment, sustainable development, energy and transport; coordination with specialised departments and safeguarding of foreign policy interests

Communication abroad

Public relations to promote Switzerland’s interests abroad