Bilateral relations Switzerland–El Salvador

Political and economic relations between Switzerland and El Salvador are good although not very intensive. Switzerland's interests in El Salvador are represented by the Swiss embassy in Costa Rica.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Political relations between Switzerland and El Salvador are relatively modest. Switzerland's diplomatic and consular tasks are handled by the Swiss ambassador based in San José (Costa Rica). Switzerland and El Salvador have concluded agreements on the promotion and protection of investments.

Treaty database

Presidency of El Salvador (es)

Economic cooperation

Trade with El Salvador is limited in scope. In 2022 Switzerland imported CHF 4.4 million in goods from El Salvador, mainly comprising machinery and textiles. In the same year, it exported primarily machinery and pharmaceutical and chemical products worth around CHF 13.4 million to El Salvador.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise SGE

Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Researchers who are citizens of El Salvador 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

Swiss nationals in El Salvador

According to statistics on the Swiss Abroad, 421 Swiss nationals were living in El Salvador at the end of 2022.

History of bilateral relations

Switzerland and El Salvador signed a friendship, business establishment and trade treaty in 1883. In 1913, Switzerland opened its first consulate in San Salvador, which was upgraded to a consulate general in 1959 and to an embassy in 1968. In 1979, Switzerland closed its embassy following the murder of the chargé d'affaires. A consular agency was opened in 1982. In 1997, the agency was transformed into an honorary consulate general. The Swiss embassy in San José is now responsible for diplomatic affairs.

El Salvador, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland, Dodis

(de, fr, it)

Last update 27.06.2023


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