Foreign policy

International law

Governs relations between states and serves as the basis for ensuring peace, stability and the protection of people.

Security Policy

Switzerland is involved in international organisations and security policy partnerships that contribute to world stability; commitment to a low level of armament, non-proliferation and arms control

European politics

Relations with the European Union (EU) and the EU/EFTA states are a priority of the foreign policy strategy for 2016–2019.

The financial centre and the economy

The financial sector and exports as pillars of the Swiss economy; Swiss laws prohibit the investment of illicitly acquired assets in the Swiss financial centre

International organizations

Organizations where Switzerland is a member, where it has a mission or which are based in Switzerland

Development and Cooperation

Swiss commitment to sustainable global development to reduce poverty and global risks; focus on fragile and conflict-affected countries; development cooperation, cooperation with Eastern Europe and Swiss Humanitarian Aid implement concrete projects

Peace and human rights

Protecting individuals from war, violence and arbitrary treatment, and promoting peace, democracy and human rights are priorities of Swiss foreign policy.

Sustainability, environment, energy, health, education, science, transports and space

Ensuring coherence in specific policy areas, particularly education, science, space, health, the environment, sustainable development, energy and transport; coordination with specialised departments and safeguarding of foreign policy interests