Our relationship with Switzerland

New Zealand and Switzerland have a friendly, long-standing relationships. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.  

We have regular contact through the UN and other international organisations, and official visits are increasing. We have common values and share similar positions on such issues as the environment and climate change, human rights, disarmament and non-proliferation.

There are about 7,000 Swiss nationals living in New Zealand, and 45 Swiss companies operating here, generating some 5,000 jobs.

Trade

2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$399 million

 

Exports to Switzerland

$82 million 

Top exports: meat, essential oils, machinery, electrical machinery and pharmaceuticals

Imports from Switzerland

$317 million

Top imports: pharmaceuticals, optical equipment, clocks and watches, machery and electrical machinery, precious stones and metals

GDP

US$708 billion

 
GDP per capita US$58,723 (NZ GDP per capita is US$34,694)
GDP growth  2.0%  

Trade between New Zealand and Switzerland is modest, and weighted in Switzerland’s favour, but there are strong business connections between our countries.  Switzerland is a large source of direct investment in New Zealand, with Swiss investment here totalling $1.796 billion in March 2014.

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Switzerland
  • 2013: MFAT Chief Executive John Allen visited Bern
  • 2011: Minister of Trade Tim Groser visited Switzerland for meetings at the World Trade Organisation
  • 2010: Attorney-General and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson visited Switzerland to discuss bilateral issues
Switzerland to New Zealand
  • 2014: State Secretary for Economic Affairs Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch visited New Zealand
  • 2013: Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter visited New Zealand
  • 2006: Minister of Health Paschal Couchepin visited New Zealand

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