Bilateral relations Switzerland–Macao

Macao is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Direct relations between Switzerland are Macao therefore marginal.

Key aspects of bilateral relations

Macao does not have its own foreign policy and its volume of trade with Switzerland is low. The Consulate General in Hong Kong is responsible for Switzerland's consular affairs in Macao.

Swiss national in Macao

At the end of 2013, there were 29 Swiss nationals resident in Macao.

History of bilateral relations

From 1557 to 1999, Macao was a Portuguese colony that served as an outpost for the Western presence in the Far East as well as a jumping-off point for Catholic missionaries. The first Swiss national to settle in Macao was the Fribourg Jesuit Nicolaus Fiva (1609–1640) in 1637.

In the second half of the 19th century, Macao was increasingly overshadowed by the rising trading centre of Hong Kong.  Since 20 December 1999, Macao has been a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Joseph Deiss, the Swiss foreign minister at the time, attended the ceremony marking the handover of the city to China.