Bilateral relations Switzerland–Qatar

Switzerland and Qatar established diplomatic relations in 1973. Qatar is an important economic partner and a substantial investor in Switzerland.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Relations between Switzerland and the State of Qatar have been strengthened in recent years, in particular in the areas of trade, services, Swiss high-tech products and expertise, as well as research and education.

Treaty database

Economic cooperation

Qatar makes substantial direct investments in Switzerland. In 1995, Switzerland and Qatar concluded a bilateral agreement on air transport. An investment protection agreement came into force in 2004 and a free trade agreement between the European Free Trade Association and the Gulf Cooperation Council states in 2014.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise

SECO: information on countries

Swiss nationals in Qatar

The Swiss community in Qatar counts 272 people (2018).

History of bilateral relations

Shortly after Qatar gained independence in 1973, the Federal Council decided to establish diplomatic relations. In 2013, Switzerland opened an embassy in Doha; that same year, Qatar opened an embassy in Bern.

Qatar, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)