Relations between Switzerland and Slovakia are close and unproblematic, especially at the civil society level. Around 13’000 Czechoslovak refugees came to Switzerland following the Prague Spring of 1968.
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
The two countries foster close diplomatic relations, and work together within international bodies. The focus is on cooperation in connection with Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement.
During the 1990s, in the transitional phase which followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, Slovakia 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.
Trade between Switzerland and Slovakia is developing satisfactorily overall. In 2014 imports from Slovakia were CHF 876 million. Meanwhile, Swiss exports to Slovakia stood at CHF 564 million – an increase of 9% over the previous year. The capital stock of Swiss direct investments in Slovenia amounted to approx. CHF 434 million at the end of 2014, up from CHF 945 million in 2013.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Scholars and artists from Slovakia can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU
As an EU member state, Slovakia is one of the countries to benefit from the Swiss contribution to reducing economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union. On 14 June 2012, the Confederation approved CHF 67 million to support 23 projects. Almost 40% of this funding is being routed to the structurally weak peripheral regions in the east of Slovakia.
Swiss nationals in Slovakia
At the end of 2015, there were 348 Swiss citizens living in Slovakia.
History of bilateral relations
The Czech Republic and Slovakia went their separate ways in 1992. Switzerland officially recognised the two new states at the beginning of 1993 and established diplomatic relations with them both. It has had an embassy in Bratislava since 1999.
Around 13’000 Czechoslovak refugees came to Switzerland following the Prague Spring of 1968.