200 Years Anniversary

A letter from Ambassador Niculin Jäger

Dear New Yorkers, Fellow Swiss and Friends of Switzerland,

I find it fascinating that I arrived precisely 200 years after Henri Casimir de Rham's appointment as the first Swiss Consul in New York. It's a privilege to be part of this long-standing legacy and to represent Switzerland in such a vibrant and culturally rich city, and within the Consulate General’s jurisdiction encompassing a total of 18 states*.

As we celebrate our 200-year anniversary, I invite you to take a journey through two centuries of the successful and fascinating Swiss presence in New York, as described in this brochure, and explore the achievements of the Swiss community throughout the years. We have come a long way since 1822. Over the years, Switzerland has developed very close ties with New Yorkers. As New York serves as a gateway to the United States, the impact of Switzerland extends throughout the entire nation. Switzerland's cumulative investments in the United States exceed $300 billion, making it the 7th largest foreign direct investor and the 3rd largest investor in research and development (R&D). Switzerland supports close to half a million jobs nationwide, with 80’000 of those in New York alone.

While Switzerland is traditionally known for its humanitarian tradition, delicious cheeses, chocolates, and precise watches, the Consulate General presents Switzerland as a leading country in innovation, sustainability, and culture. It serves the Swiss community with consular assistance and services, acting as an entry point for those interested in Switzerland. Additionally, we promote trade relations and support American and Swiss businesses, institutions, professionals, athletes, artists, scientists, and visitors.

I take the opportunity of this anniversary to thank each and every one of you for your contribution to this success story. Let's continue building upon this rich legacy together, strengthening the Swiss impact in the United States through our collaborative efforts, both today and in the future.

Niculin Jäger Ambassador
Consul General of Switzerland in New York

Swiss in the City

With Switzerland being a diverse country full of innovative people, who have often significantly shaped the industries they work in, it comes to no surprise that the Swiss living in New York have a meaningful impact on the city.

The “Swiss in the City” social media series is inspired by the concept of “Humans of New York”. It features portraits of Swiss citizens with different backgrounds, living in New York City. In each edition, the Swiss in the City tell their own personal story and give us a peek into their daily lives.

Follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to read about the interesting lives of the many Swiss in New York City and stay tuned as we regularly feature new portraits.

A word from Edward Mermelstein, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs

For the past two centuries, Swiss innovation has helped the Big Apple advance and thrive from the creation and design of the George Washington Bridge to the formation of humanitarian organizations which have provided crucial services to countless New Yorkers in time of need. We look forward to future Swiss innovations and technology that will address common priorities in advancing a more sustainable city