Bilateral relations Switzerland–Hungary

The events of 1956 continue to have a significant influence on relations between Switzerland and Hungary. Following the failed uprising against Soviet communism, around 12’000 Hungarian refugees found asylum in Switzerland.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

The two countries foster close diplomatic relations. The focus is on cooperation in connection with Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement-related projects in Hungary.

Treaty database

Common Declaration Switzerland–Hungary from 16.6.2009 (PDF, Number of pages 2, 16.4 kB, English)

Economic cooperation

Hungary is Switzerland's third most important trading partner in Central Europe. In 2014, Swiss direct investment amounted to EUR 1,45 billion, which corresponds to 2.7% of all foreign direct investment in Hungary. This places Switzerland among the ten most important foreign direct investors in the country.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Information on countries, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Cooperation in education and training

From its enlargement contribution Switzerland has funded a scientific partnership programme between the German-speaking Andrássy University and the University of St Gallen, as well as a scholarship programme to allow Hungarian scientists to work at Swiss universities.

Scholars and artists from Hungary 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

Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU

Hungary is one of the countries to benefit from Switzerland's contribution to EU enlargement, receiving around CHF 131 million in support for the five-year period from June 2007 to June 2012. Project grant payments will continue until 2017.

Hungary – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement

Swiss nationals in Hungary

According to the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad, 2,075 Swiss nationals were living in Hungary at the end of 2016.

History of bilateral relations

In 2000, Switzerland was the first European country to recognise the Hungarian identity card as a travel document.

Diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Hungary were suspended after the end of the Second World War in 1945, but re-established a year later. Relations cooled as Hungary became a people's communist republic under the influence of the Soviet Union.

When Soviet troops crushed a Hungarian revolution against communism in 1956, Switzerland showed its solidarity with the Hungarian people by accepting around 12’000 Hungarian refugees and sending aid consignments to the country.

Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)