Bilateral relations Switzerland–Hungary
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
The two countries foster close diplomatic relations. The focus is on cooperation in connection with Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement-related projects in Hungary.
Hungary is Switzerland's third most important trading partner in Central Europe. Swiss direct investment has risen by around one billion euros to a total of EUR 2.94 billion, which corresponds to around 4% of all foreign direct investment in Hungary. This places Switzerland sixth among foreign direct investors in the country.
Cooperation in the domain of education
In the scientific sector, Switzerland has funded from its enlargement contribution a partnership programme between the German-speaking Adrassy University and the University of St Gallen, as well as a scholarship programme for Hungarian scientists at Swiss universities.
Scholars and artists from Hungary can apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Swiss Government Excellence
Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
Hungary is one of the countries to benefit from Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement, receiving around CHF 131 million in support for the five-year period from June 2007 to June 2012. Project grant payments will continue until 2017.
Swiss nationals in Hungary
At the end of 2013, there were 1,925 Swiss citizens living in Hungary.
History of bilateral relations
In 2000, Switzerland was the first European country to recognise the Hungarian identity card as a travel document.
Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Hungary were suspended after the end of the Second World War in 1945, but re-established a year later. Relations cooled as Hungary became a people's communist republic under the influence of the Soviet Union.
When Soviet troops crushed a Hungarian revolution against communism in 1956, Switzerland showed its solidarity with the Hungarian people by accepting around 12,000 Hungarian refugees and sending aid consignments to the country.