Relations between Switzerland and the Republic of Malta are good and becoming closer. Because of its history and strategic location in the Mediterranean, Malta functions as a bridge between Europe and North Africa and the Middle East.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Malta
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
An important component of bilateral relations is the jointly established Diplo, an NGO that has been helping small states and developing countries to develop their policy capacities since its inception in 2002. Switzerland provides financial support to Diplo.
As non-permanent members of the UN Security Council during the 2023–24 period, Switzerland and Malta will also step up their bilateral relations in the field of multilateral policy.
Trade between Switzerland and Malta is modest, mainly involving the machinery, chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. Switzerland has a trade surplus with Malta. Swiss imports from Malta amounted to CHF 33 million in 2021. Exports amounted to CHF 144 million in the same year. Malta is a popular destination for Swiss tourists.
Cooperation in the area of digitalisation
Cooperation focuses on science diplomacy, a key component of both countries' foreign policy strategies, and Diplo, an NGO that specialises in helping small states and developing countries to develop their policy-making capacities.
Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU
Malta was one of the recipients of the first and second Swiss contributions to help reduce economic and social disparities in the new EU member states. The Federal Council approved an amount of approximately CHF 3.56 million for Malta. The funds have been allocated to a health sector project implemented in cooperation with the SDC.
Swiss nationals in Malta
As of April 2021, 412 Swiss citizens were living in Malta.
History of bilateral relations
Shortly after Malta gained its independence in 1964, the Swiss ambassador in Rome was accredited by the Maltese government. The Swiss honorary consulate in Valletta, first established in 1937, was upgraded to an honorary consulate general in 2003. A Maltese ambassador (with residence in Malta) has been accredited to Switzerland since 2008.
Switzerland and Malta jointly founded the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) in 1990.
Malta, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)
Malta – A partner country for Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement