Bilateral relations Switzerland – Czechia

Switzerland and Czechia foster close political and economic relations, as well as a lively cultural exchange. Around 13’000 Czechoslovak refugees came to Switzerland following the Prague Spring of 1968.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Switzerland and Czechia foster close diplomatic relations. The focus is on cooperation in connection with Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement-related projects in the Czech Republic. In March 2013, the two countries celebrated 20 years of bilateral relations with the «Swiss Spring» programme.

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Economic cooperation

Czechia is one of Switzerland’s main trading partners among the new EU member states and is an important country for Swiss investors in Central Europe. Trade volumes in 2014 came to around CHF 3.7 billion.

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Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Researchers and artists from Czechia can apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships from the State Secretariat for Education Research and Innovation (SERI).

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU

As one of the new EU member states, Czechia is one of the recipients of Switzerland’s contribution to reduce economic and social disparities in the enlarged EU. Between 2012 and 2017, Switzerland will support 38 projects with total funding of CHF 110 million.

Czechia – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement 

Swiss nationals in Czechia

At the end of 2014, there were 1,382 Swiss citizens living in Czechia.

Cultural exchange

As one of the cultural centres of Europe, Prague is a popular venue for Swiss artists from all fields. Switzerland participates in various theatre, film and music festivals in Czechia.

History of bilateral relations

The partition of Czechoslovakia in1992 resulted in the creation of two new states: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Switzerland officially recognised the Czech Republic on the day of its foundation, 1 January 1993.

During the transitional phase of the 1990s, the Czech Republic became a priority country for Swiss assistance to the countries of Eastern Europe. The Confederation supported a range of projects with total funding of CHF 50 million.

Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (DE/FR/IT): Czech Republic