Bilateral relations Switzerland–Paraguay

Relations between Switzerland and Paraguay are good but remain relatively low-key.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Switzerland and Paraguay have signed agreements on trade, investment protection and technical cooperation.

Since July 2012, all consular services in connection with Paraguay have been handled by the regional consular centre in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Since February 2016, the Swiss ambassador based in Montevideo (Uruguay) has represented Switzerland's diplomatic interests in Paraguay.

Treaty database

Government of Paraguay (es)

Economic cooperation

A relatively modest amount of trade takes place between the two countries. In 2019, Swiss exports amounted to CHF 20.5 million, while the value of goods imported from Paraguay – primarily agricultural products, precious stones and metals and essential oils – totalled CHF 23.4 million.

The negotiations for the EFTA-Mercosur free trade agreement were largely completed in August 2019.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise SGE

Swiss-Paraguayan Chamber of Commerce

Cultural exchanges

Switzerland takes part regularly in the Week of the Francophonie and the International Film Festival in Asunción.

In 1888 Swiss botanist and anthropologist, Moisés Bertoni (from Ticino), emigrated to Paraguay, where in 1899 he described the indigenous herb stevia now used as a natural sweetener. Today, a museum in Paraguay is dedicated to him. 

Swiss nationals in Paraguay

At the end of 2019, more than 1,400 Swiss citizens were living in Paraguay.