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Bilateral relations between Switzerland and El Salvador
Bilateral relations between El Salvador and Switzerland are not intense. El Salvador ceased to be an SDC priority country as of 2008.
The Embassy focuses on matters relating to human rights and environmental protection. In 2011 and 2012, the Embassy operated a project in each of these areas.
Trade between the two countries is insignificant. In 2011, Swiss imports and exports were worth 5 million CHF and 13 million CHF, respectively.
Scholars and artists from El Salvador can apply for scholarships to the State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) and for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
In 2012, the Embassy conducted discussion forums and organised exhibitions on topics including violence and corruption, women’s rights and women for peace.
El Salvador ceased to be a priority country for the SDC in 2008. Following the tropical storm 12E in October 2011, humanitarian aid amounting to CHF 300,000 was provided to the Bajo Rio Lempa region, of which CHF 165,000 was from the SDC and Swiss Humanitarian Aid, and the remainder from Swiss NGOs.
At the end of 2011, there were 516 Swiss living in El Salvador.
The Embassy organises events on a regular basis in collaboration with Swiss active in the fine arts, theatre and music.
Switzerland maintained an Embassy in San Salvador between 1968 and 1979. It was closed following the murder of the Chargé d'affaires. Bilateral relations are now conducted by the Honorary Consulate General in San Salvador as well as the Swiss Embassy in Guatemala City.