The first known information about Armenians in Switzerland dates back to the 19th century when many young Armenians left for Switzerland to pursue higher education.
In 1887, a group of Armenian students, one of whom was a public and political figure, publicist, writer Avetis Nazarbekyan, founded the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party in Geneva.
The Armenian community began to unite with Armenians who survived the Armenian Genocide. Currently, about 5,000 Armenians live in the country primarily in Geneva, Zurich, Friborg, Bern, Neuchatel, Oberentfelden, and Tessin.
Armenians are mostly involved in careers within agriculture, commerce, healthcare, finance, culture, and watchmaking.
There are dozens of Armenian organizations, churches, schools, cultural groups, and newspapers.
The Armenian community in Switzerland has no special legal status.
The Swiss National Council passed a law in 2003 recognizing the Armenian Genocide and criminalizing genocide denial, creating consequences for those who deny the Armenian Genocide.
In the 1960s, the Swiss-Armenian Spiritual Community was formed. In 1969, the Swiss Shepherd of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Switzerland was established in the same year as St. Jacob's Church in Geneva.
In 1992, the Swiss Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church was established by His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Vazgen I. It is under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchal Delegation of the Western European Church of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Armenian Evangelical and Catholic Churches do not operate in Switzerland.