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