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Bilateral relations Switzerland–Suriname

Switzerland has maintained diplomatic relations with Surinam since 1979. The two countries enjoy good but low-key relations focused mainly on economic cooperation.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

The Swiss embassy to Venezuela in Caracas represents Switzerland's interests in Surinam.

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Government of Surinam (nl)

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Economic cooperation

In 2020, Switzerland imported goods worth just over CHF 1 billion from Surinam, mainly comprising precious stones and metals, and exported goods to the value of CHF 1.3 million  – primarily chemical and related products and machinery.

Trade promotion (Switzerland Global Enterprise)

Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Researchers who are citizens of Surinam can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists (SERI)

Swiss nationals in Suriname

There were 8 Swiss citizens living in Surinam at the end of 2020.

History of bilateral relations

Last update 26.01.2022

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