Bilateral relations Switzerland–Hungary

The events of 1956 continue to have a significant influence over relations between Switzerland and Hungary. Following the failed uprising against Soviet communism, around 12,000 Hungarian refugees found asylum in Switzerland.

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

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

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.

The Swiss enlargement contribution

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.

Entry in the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)