The South African Embassy in Switzerland was established in 1932. However, due to the Second World War, the office relocated to London from where it operated until 1954 when officials returned to Switzerland.
In 1993 the Embassy was also accredited to the Holy See and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Since 1994 the relations between South Africa and Switzerland have been growing from strength to strength. In 2005, Switzerland identified South Africa as one of its strategic partners in Africa.
The conduct and management of bilateral relations between the two countries is done through the High Level consultations launched in 2008.
Trade volumes between the two countries have seen fundamental grows over the years; over 150 Swiss companies have opened operations in South Africa, thus contributing to Direct Foreign Investment (FDI).
As South Africa prepares to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Embassy will be involved in various initiatives aimed at the promotion of this event. This is not just an opportunity for South Africa to professionally stage the event but also an opportunity to welcome and share South African hospitality with the thousands of fans who will follow their teams to our shores. We invite you to click on the booklet: Africa's time has come! South Africa is ready!
The Embassy plays a critical role in the enhancing and consolidation of bilateral relations with Switzerland, the Holy See and the Principality of Liechtenstein in the following areas: culture, social, economic and political.
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