In the 19th century, there was a large Swiss community in Georgia whose members were active in the raw materials sector (oil, manganese) and the dairy industry. Switzerland had a consulate in Tbilisi from 1883 to 1922.
Switzerland recognised Georgia's independence on 23 December 1991 and provided humanitarian assistance during the conflicts that shook the country in the early 1990s. It opened a cooperation office in Tbilisi in 1996 and an embassy in June 2001.
Relations developed considerably after 2008, when Switzerland assumed a mandate to represent Russia's diplomatic interests in Georgia and those of Georgia in Russia and began sustained efforts to mediate between the two countries.
Georgia, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)