Ambassador Martin Michelet
Ambassador Martin Michelet © Jānis Porietis

Dear Reader,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Switzerland in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Whether you are a Swiss citizen residing in one of these countries, a business person, a tourist, a student or a company with an interest in the region or in Switzerland, I hope you will find this website a useful resource and a starting point for further research.

I feel particularly privileged to have started my mission in Riga, where our embassy is located, during a very special year 2021 which marked a double anniversary in the history of Switzerland's relations with Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. This jubilee year celebrated not only the 100th anniversary of Switzerland's recognition of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as independent states, but also the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with them. Based on these longstanding and deep ties of friendship, we can look ahead with confidence and I am convinced that together we can achieve many great things, whether in business, education, innovation, science, culture or politics. I am particularly pleased that 2022 marks the launch of the second Swiss contribution to Latvia, Estonia and Lituania. With this new contribution, Switzerland is strengthening and deepening its bilateral relations with the three countries and with EU as a whole.

As Ambassador, I strive to further expand relations between Switzerland and Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Of course, relations with compatriots residing in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are one of my top priorities as well and I can assure you that your well-being is particularly close to my heart. With the support of the Regional Consular Centre in Stockholm, I am available to address your concerns and will do everything in my power to support you.

This website is an entry point for people in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania who are interested in Switzerland, its unique political institutions, its competitive and innovative economy, its first-class academic and research centers, its beautiful landscapes or its cultural diversity and richness. You will find useful links to various Swiss authorities and institutions as well as relevant and regularly updated information on a variety of topics. We welcome any suggestions you may have. If you wish to follow our activities more closely, you are cordially invited to follow the Embassy’s or my personal Twitter account.

Thank you again for visiting the Embassy's website and I look forward to meeting you in person during my stay, whether in Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia.

Sincerely yours

Martin Michelet

Ambassador of Switzerland to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia