Relations between Switzerland and Armenia are excellent. Switzerland provides Armenia with both technical cooperation and humanitarian aid. Switzerland is also involved in helping resolve the conflicts in the South Caucasus region.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Armenia
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Switzerland mediated in the negotiations between Armenia and Turkey on normalising their bilateral relations. This mediation, which concluded with the signing of Protocols between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey in Zurich on 10 October 2009, helped to create closer ties between Switzerland and Armenia.
Armenia and Switzerland have concluded bilateral agreements in many difference areas. A visa facilitation agreement entered into force in 2016.
Economic relations between Switzerland and Armenia are modest. Switzerland exports mostly pharmaceuticals and watches, and imports products for the watch-making industry and textiles.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers and artists from Armenia can apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).
Peace promotion and human security
Switzerland's mediation mandate formally expired with the signing of the Zurich Protocols on 10 October 2009. Switzerland is continuing its efforts to facilitate a rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia despite the fact that the Protocols have not been ratified.
Switzerland is intensifying its efforts within the framework of its Cooperation Strategy South Caucasus 2013–2016 to find peaceful solutions to the various conflicts in the region.
Switzerland is pursuing its involvement in the region, as part of the follow-up to its 2014 Chairmanship of the OSCE, with the appointment of Ambassador Günther Bächler as
special representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus under the German Chairmanship. Mr Bächler represents the OSCE at the Geneva International Discussions and works to encourage dialogue and closer relations between the countries of the region.
Development cooperation and humanitarian aid
Switzerland also supports Armenia in the fields of technical cooperation (with priority on job creation in rural areas and assistance to national search and rescue teams) and humanitarian aid (refugees and internally displaced persons, prevention of natural disasters). Investments of approximately CHF 29 million are planned in the context of the Cooperation Strategy South Caucasus 2013–16.
Swiss citizens in Armenia
In 2014, 23 Swiss citizens were living in Armenia.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland provided humanitarian assistance to Armenia immediately after the devastating earthquake in 1988, when the country was still part of the Soviet Union.
Switzerland recognised Armenia as an independent state on 23 December 1991. The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 30 April 1992. The Armenian ambassador was accredited to Switzerland in 2002.
In 2011, Switzerland opened an embassy in Yerevan. Until then, the Swiss ambassador in Tbilisi had also been accredited to Armenia.
The number of Swiss nationals in Armenia remains small. By contrast, the Armenian community in Switzerland is relatively large: between 4,000 and 6,000 people of Armenian origin are currently living in Switzerland.