Ambassador Eamon Hickey
Message from Ambassador Hickey
Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Ireland in Bern. I hope that the information here will provide a useful guide to the Embassy’s services and serve to highlight the warm relations between Ireland and Switzerland.
At the Embassy we are committed to promoting Ireland in Switzerland and to assisting both countries to gain in their knowledge and appreciation of each other.
Irish trade with Switzerland is thriving: Switzerland is our fifth most important trading partner and an important source of inward investment. Swiss people are visiting Ireland in greater numbers and there are now more direct flights to Dublin from Basel, Geneva and Zürich than ever before.
There are links on this website to our State Agencies – IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) and Tourism Ireland. I would encourage you to consult these to find out more about investing in Ireland, about Irish companies and their products and to make the most of your next visit to Ireland.
Many Swiss people have come to know Ireland either by visiting or through Irish culture and sport. It is gratifying to see the increasing awareness of Irish literature, music and dance, as these aspects of Ireland, together with an open and friendly approach to our guests, ensure a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay in the country.
The Embassy is committed to promoting cultural ties between our two countries and welcomes your interest in the many Irish-related events that take place each year in Switzerland.
Central to the Embassy’s role is a commitment to serving our citizens and the Irish community, working closely with our Honorary Consul in Zürich, Mr Stefan Studer.
If you have any suggestions for improving the information offered on this website, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best wishes – le gach deá-ghuí