Statement as delivered by Carolyn Schwalger, Deputy Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, 8 November 2016
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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.
Total trade in goods
Exports to Switzerland
Top exports: meat, essential oils, machinery, electrical machinery and pharmaceuticals
Imports from Switzerland
|Top imports: pharmaceuticals, optical equipment, clocks and watches, machery and electrical machinery, precious stones and metals|
|GDP per capita||US$58,723||(NZ GDP per capita is US$34,694)|
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.
- New Zealand's is bilaterally accredited to Switzerland from the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin
- New Zealand is also represented in Switzerland by the New Zealand Consulate-General and Permanent Mission to the UN
- Switzerland is represented in New Zealand by Embassy of Switzerland, Wellington (external link)
- There is also a Swiss Consulate, Auckland
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
News & Events
Delivered by Carolyn Schwalger, Deputy Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations , 29 February 2016.
Delivered by Carolyn Schwalger, Deputy Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, 29 February 2016.
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Statement delivered by Carolyn Schwalger, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 24 February 2015.