Bilateral relations Switzerland–Suriname

Switzerland has maintained diplomatic relations with Suriname since 1979. The two countries' relations are focused mainly on economic cooperation.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

The Swiss embassy in Caracas (Venezuela) represents Switzerland's interests in Suriname.

Treaty database

Government of Surinam (nl)

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Economic cooperation

In 2022, Switzerland imported goods worth just over CHF 1.2 billion from Suriname, mainly comprising precious stones and precious metals, and exported goods to the value of CHF 2.1 million – primarily chemical and related products.

Trade promotion (Switzerland Global Enterprise)

Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Researchers who are citizens of Suriname 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 Suriname

There were 9 Swiss citizens living in Suriname at the end of 2022.

History of bilateral relations

Switzerland and Surinam have had diplomatic relations since 1979.

Suriname, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (fr)

Diplomatic documents of Switzerland, Dodis

Last update 30.06.2023


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