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Cultural Relations and Greek Community

In Switzerland, there is a strong interest in both ancient and modern Greek culture. There are chairs in an Ancient Greek Studies in major cities, and Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Departments at a number of universities. There are also many Greek and Philhellenic organizations active culturally. In Switzerland, there are a number of scientific and cultural public welfare institutions that have been founded by Greeks and offer, among other things, scholarships and academic prizes to Greek and Swiss university students.

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece, which has successfully uncovered remarkable finds. The schools projects include the digs at the ruins of the ancient city of Eretria.

2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Greece and Switzerland (1865) and the 120th anniversary of the opening of the first Swiss consulate in Patras.

The Greek community in Switzerland is estimated to number some 11,000 persons (of a total of 1.5 million foreigners residing in the country.

Last Updated Thursday, 10 December 2015