The FDFA consists of the organisational units at head office in Bern and the network of Swiss representations abroad, which includes embassies, consulates, cooperation offices and missions.
Organisation of the FDFA
Federal Palace West Wing: General Secretariat, State Secretariat, Directorate of Political Affairs
Federal Palace East Wing: Directorate for European Affairs
Bundesgasse: General Secretariat, State Secretariat, Directorate of Political Affairs, Directorate for Resources
Effingerstrasse 43: Consular Directorate, Directorate of Political Affairs, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Federal Palace North Wing: Directorate of International Law
Freiburgstrasse: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Directorate for Resources
Head office in Bern
The FDFA has more than 170 representations around the world, safeguarding diplomatic interests, providing consular services and playing an active role in international cooperation. The representations abroad include embassies, consulates, cooperation offices and permanent missions to international organisations:
An embassy is the official representation of a state in another state. It safeguards diplomatic relations and supports Swiss business in the host country.
A consulate is the most important link between Swiss citizens abroad and the authorities in Switzerland. Its main task is to assist Swiss citizens living abroad.
A cooperation office represents the SDC in a priority country, implementing programmes with local staff.
A mission is a state's permanent diplomatic representation to international organisations.