Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Sweden

Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Sweden are excellent and entirely problem-free.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

The two countries pursue similar foreign policy goals, especially with regard to respect for human rights, peacebuilding, the environment, development cooperation and climate protection. Their cooperation in multilateral bodies, particularly in the UN, is especially significant.

Switzerland and Sweden participated in the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission in Korea (NNSC), which ended the Korean War in 1953. Since then, Swedish and Swiss military personnel have been stationed in Panmunjom on the border between North and South Korea.

Treaty database

Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission in Korea

Economic cooperation

Sweden is Switzerland's most important trade and investment partner in the Nordic region. The annual volume of trade in goods amounts to approximately CHF 3 billion.

About 100 Swiss companies active in a wide range of sectors have operations in Sweden. In 2014, Swiss direct investment in the country came to CHF 4.6 billion (down by 6.5% year on year), ranking it 35th. Swiss companies in Sweden employed some 23,300 people in 2013, which was 5.8% lower than the previous year. This put Switzerland 32nd in the list of foreign employers.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Europe and Central Asia, SECO

Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Research institutions from Sweden and Switzerland collaborate within the framework of EU research programmes. Two significant examples of this are the "Human Brain Project", an enormous European undertaking led by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), and "Graphene", a major project launched by Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists, SERI

Human Brain Project

Graphene

Swiss nationals in Sweden

At the end of 2015, there were 5566 Swiss citizens living in Sweden.

History of bilateral relations

The Thirty Years' War (1618–1648) triggered considerable contact between the Old Confederation and the kingdom of Sweden, which was involved in the war, and resulted in Sweden's ten-year occupation of the Fricktal region.

Sweden recognised Swiss neutrality in 1817, following the Congress of Vienna. Switzerland dispatched its first consular representative to Oslo in 1847. From 1867, Sweden maintained a consulate in Geneva, and in 1915 it established a permanent diplomatic mission in Bern. Switzerland opened an embassy in Stockholm in 1919.

In 1957, Max Petitpierre was the first federal councillor to make an official visit to Sweden. King Carl XVI and Queen Silvia of Sweden made a state visit to Switzerland in 1985.

Sweden, historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)