Political 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 participate 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 Panmunjeom on the border between North and South Korea.
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, where they employ some 18,400 people.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Research institutions from the two countries work together within the framework of EU research programmes. Examples include the Human Brain Project, a 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. Switzerland is also a founding member of the European Spallation Source (ESS), a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), based in Lund in Sweden.
Swiss nationals in Sweden
At the end of 2016, there were 5,758 Swiss nationals 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. 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 Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden made a state visit to Switzerland in 1985.