Bilateral relations Switzerland–Paraguay

Switzerland and Paraguay enjoy good but relatively modest relations.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Switzerland and Paraguay have concluded bilateral agreements on trade, investment protection and technical cooperation.

In July 2012, all consular services for Paraguay were transferred to the regional consular centre in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Since February 2016, following the closing of the Swiss embassy in Asunción, Switzerland's diplomatic interests have been represented by the Swiss ambassador with residence in Montevideo.   

Treaty database

Government of Paraguay

Economic cooperation

Trade between Switzerland and Paraguay is modest but on the increase. In 2015, Swiss exports amounted to CHF 22,5 million, while the value of goods imported from Paraguay – primarily agricultural products, precious stones and metals and essential oils – totalled CHF 14,2 million. Swiss direct investments in Paraguay are also relatively low.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Swiss nationals in Paraguay

As at the end of  2015, 1,409 Swiss nationals were resident in Paraguay.

Cultural exchange

Switzerland takes part regularly in the Semaine de la Francophonie and the International Film Festival in Asunción. A growing number of Swiss musicians and artists are performing and showing their works in Paraguay.

History of bilateral relations

Switzerland opened a consulate in Asunción in 1887. In 1892, it established diplomatic relations with Paraguay, but there has been an Embassy in Asunción only since 1968.

Since February 2016, following the closing of the embassy, Switzerland's diplomatic interests have been represented by the Swiss embassy in Montevideo. In 2016 Switzerland opened an honorary consulate in Asunción.

Paraguay, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)