Welcome message by Swiss Ambassador – Embassy of Switzerland in Vietnam

Ivo Sieber, Ambassador of Switzerland to Vietnam
Ivo Sieber, Ambassador of Switzerland to Vietnam © Swiss Embassy in Hanoi

Dear Visitor,

Welcome and thank you for meeting up with us on the website of the Embassy of Switzerland in Vietnam. Whether you are a "repeat visitor" or if this is your first contact with us: I hope you will find our website an inspiration to entice you for many return calls. I can assure you that there is a lot to discover about Switzerland, even in the virtual world.

Switzerland and Vietnam look back on an almost half-century long relationship. On 11 October 2021, and indeed throughout that year, our two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations.

Over the course of the past five decades, our bilateral relations have continuously intensified, focusing on trade and investment, development co-operation and tourism.

  • Trade flows in both directions are continuously increasing. From Vietnam, Switzerland imports machinery, footwear, textiles and garments as well as agricultural and fishery products. Our main exports to Vietnam comprise pharmaceuticals, machinery, as well as optical and medical instruments.

  • As one of the most competitive and internationally highly integrated economies, Switzerland is one of the most important European investors in Vietnam, providing employment for an important number of Vietnamese. Swiss companies in Vietnam generate a wide range of products and services: industrial and mechanical machinery; civil engineering, construction and architectural design; food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and chemicals; electronic and IT equipment, as well as shipping and trading services, among others.

  • For almost 3 decades, Switzerland has been engaged in a broad range of development co-operation programs with Vietnam. From providing development assistance for local governance and citizens participation to agricultural and food security programs to economic co-operation promoting the productivity and competitiveness of SME, enhancing the business environment for the private sector and trade, strengthening the management of public finances and the financial sector to providing solutions for resource- and energy-efficient infrastructure and enterprises.

  • In addition, a number of scholarships are available each year for qualified Vietnamese students for research-, PhD- and postdoc-studies in Switzerland.

  • People-to-people relations are also thriving. Vietnam is increasingly becoming a much sought-after travel destination for tourists from Switzerland. Similarly, numerous Vietnamese hospitality professionals attend hotel management schools in Switzerland.

These examples are a living testimony to the diversified relations between our two countries, which the Swiss Embassy is determined to further develop and promote.

To underscore this commitment, Switzerland opened up a Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City in 2015. It provides consular services to the local Swiss community and to Swiss citizens travelling in Vietnam. Moreover, it offers advice and issues visa to Vietnamese citizens wishing to visit Switzerland. Together with the local trade officers from the Embassy in Hanoi and Switzerland’s export promotion agency “Switzerland Global Enterprise”, the Consulate General is assisting Swiss companies to identify suitable business partners and opportunities in Vietnam.

The Swiss Embassy’s website is designed to help you find quick and informative answers to all your questions about Switzerland or this diplomatic mission here in Hanoi. We hope to satisfy your curiosity and try to give you advice about traveling or moving to our country, offer you tips on studying, working or living there, or just provide you with useful or interesting insights into Switzerland. I encourage you to explore this website and all the links provided, and you will see that it is time and effort well spent. In addition, the Embassy issues a “Newsletter”, which is published on this website. Should you be interested to receive it, please subscribe via the following mail address “hanoi@eda.admin.ch” with the reference “Subscription Swiss Embassy Newsletter” and your e-mail address. Moreover, we disseminate current information on the Swiss Embassy’s Facebook page, which can be accessed on www.facebook.com/SwitzerlandVietnam/. Our Facebook page provides up-to-date news on our activities, on current developments in Switzerland and our relations with Vietnam. And don’t forget to add your “Like” when you visit our Facebook page.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome, and I am grateful for any feedback you may wish to provide. It will help us to improve the flow of information and assist you in your search for whatever you might be looking for. Simply contact us by e-mail hanoi@eda.admin.ch or call us at the Embassy.

Naturally, there is much more to Switzerland than can be conveyed by even the most sophisticated website. Indeed, even with the cyber world at your fingertips, nothing beats personal contacts and experience. So if you really want to know about the Swiss and our multicultural country in the midst of Europe, its great variety of landscapes, towns, and events of all kind, go ahead and see for yourself! You will always be welcome in Switzerland!

Ivo Sieber