Foreign policy

The activities of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) are widely dispersed in terms of the topics covered. This heading provides access to the individual topics covered.

European politics

Relations with neighbouring countries and policy on Europe are two of the four priorities of the foreign policy strategy for 2012–2015

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

Development and Cooperation

Swiss commitment to sustainable global development to reduce poverty and global risks; focus on fragile and conflict-affected countries; development cooperation, cooperation with Eastern Europe and Swiss Humanitarian Aid implement concrete projects

International law

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

Human rights and human security

Protecting individuals and the community: strong Swiss commitment to promoting human rights, peace, humanitarian policy, migration policy, and combating human trafficking

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

International organizations

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

Environment, science, transport, energy and health

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