On 22 April 1921, Switzerland recognised the Republic of Estonia de jure, marking the beginning of official diplomatic relations.
For the anniversary year, we have compiled a timeline of Estonian–Swiss relations. It is a chronological gallery of historical photographs and documents, which provides an overview of the unique and important moments of the diplomatic relations between the two countries over 100 years.
Move your cursor to the photo to read the captions. Happy time travelling!
Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassy of Estonia in Vienna
Presentation of Karl Egger’s credentials First row: Swiss Envoy Karl Egger, President Konstantin Päts, and Minister of Finance Leo Sepp, Deputy Foreign Minister. Standing (from the left): Colonel Herbert Grabbi, Senior Aide-de-Camp to the President of the Republic, Chief of Protocol Elmar Kirotar, Director of the President’s Office Elmar Tambek, and Junior Aide-de-Camp Leonhard Teder. Photo: Uus Eesti, 3 February 1939.
Karl Selter remained in Geneva after the embassy was closed and was the unofficial representative of Estonia to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1952 to 1958 (until his death).
Accredited Swiss ambassadors to Estonia in 1999-2021:
Hansrudolf Hoffmann (1999-2001)
Pierre Chrzanovski (2001-2005)
Josef Bucher (2006-2010)
Maurice Darier (2010-2012) (resided in Helsinki)
Walter Haffner (2012-2013)
Markus Niklaus Paul Dutly (2013-2017)
Konstantin Obolensky (2017-) (resided in Riga)
Other accredited Estonian ambassadors to Switzerland:
Mart Laanemäe (2000-2003, resided in Vienna)
Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi (2003-2009, resided in Vienna and 2011-2012 in Tallinn)
Gert Antsu (2012-2017, resided in Brussels and in Tallinn)
Rein Oidekivi (2017-2018, resided in Vienna)
Toomas Kukk (2018-, resides in Vienna)