Bilateral relations Switzerland–Malawi

Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Malawi are good but not close. The FDFA’s Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation supports the people of Malawi with various programs and projects.

Key aspects of relations

Malawi is part of the Southern Africa Regional Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Food security and the fight against HIV/AIDS are priority areas. Twelve projects are being carried out in Malawi in conjunction with partners. The SDC’s efforts are focused, among other issues, on young people with HIV/AIDS and improved seed security. It invests approximately CHF 1 million a year.

Malawi is covered by the Swiss embassy in Harare (Zimbabwe), but a Swiss honorary consul is stationed in Malawi itself.

Bilateral agreements

Trade promotion (Switzerland Global Enterprise)

Development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Swiss nationals in Malawi

At the end of 2015, there were 21 Swiss citizens living in Malawi.

History of bilateral relations

Swiss traders settled in the country in the 1930s when it was the British Protectorate of Nyasaland. When the country declared its independence in 1964, Switzerland immediately recognised the new Republic of Malawi. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1966.

Entry in the Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)