Bilateral relations Switzerland–Antigua and Barbuda

The two islands of Antigua and Barbuda, together with an uninhabited island, form the island state of Antigua and Barbuda in the eastern Caribbean (Lesser Antilles). Diplomatic and economic relations between Switzerland and Antigua and Barbuda are modest in scope.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

The Swiss Embassy in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) has represented Swiss interests in Antigua and Barbuda since 2007. Since May 2011, all consular tasks have been dealt with by the Regional Consular Centre in Santo Domingo.

Treaty database

Government of Antigua and Barbuda

Caribbean Community CARICOM

Economic cooperation

The economy of Antigua and Barbuda is based primarily on tourism and financial services. There is a modest amount of trade between the two countries. In 2020 Switzerland imported mainly chemical products worth CHF 200,000 from Antigua and Barbuda. Exports in the same period amounted to CHF 1 million, consisting mainly of pharmaceutical products, machinery and watches.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise SGE

Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Scholars and artists from Antigua and Barbuda can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists, SERI

Swiss nationals in Antigua and Barbuda

According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, there were 36 Swiss nationals living in Antigua and Barbuda at the end of 2020.

History of bilateral relations

The islands of Antigua and Barbuda were formerly part of the British colonial empire at the time when sugar cane cultivation was at its height.Switzerland recognised the independence of Antigua and Barbuda in 1981 and has maintained diplomatic relations with the country since that date.

Lesser Antilles, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)

Diplomatic documents of Switzerland, Dodis

Last update 26.01.2022

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