Bilateral relations Switzerland–Slovakia
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
The two countries foster close diplomatic relations, and work together within international bodies. The focus is on cooperation in connection with Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement.
During the 1990s, in the transitional phase which followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, Slovakia was a priority country for Swiss assistance to the countries of Eastern Europe. The Confederation supported a range of projects with a total funding of CHF 50 million.
Trade between Switzerland and Slovakia is developing satisfactorily overall. Compared with the previous year, in 2013 imports from Slovakia rose by 12% to reach CHF 973 million. Swiss exports stood at CHF 516 million – an increase of 16% over the previous year. The capital stock of Swiss direct investments amounted to approx. CHF 844 million at the end of 2012, up from CHF 784 million in 2011.
Cooperation in the field of education
Scholars and artists from Slovakia can apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Federal Government Excellence
Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
As an EU member state, Slovakia is one of the beneficiary countries of the Swiss contribution to reducing economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union. On 14 June 2012, some CHF 67 million was approved to support 23 projects. Almost 40% of this funding is being routed to the structurally weak peripheral regions in the east of Slovakia.
Swiss nationals in Slovakia
At the end of 2013, there were 331 Swiss citizens living in Slovakia.
History of bilateral relations
The Czech Republic and Slovakia went their separate ways in 1992. Switzerland officially recognised the two new states at the beginning of 1993 and established diplomatic relations with them both. It has had an embassy in Bratislava since 1999.
In 1968, after the end of the Prague Spring, Switzerland received around 10,000 refugees from Czechoslovakia.