The House of Switzerland is the official Swiss hospitality centre at the Olympic Games. It is set up and outfitted during the lead up to the Olympic Games, and is then open for the duration of the Games.
The tradition of a Swiss guest centre dates back to 1998, when the House of Switzerland celebrated its inaugural event at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
The House of Switzerland is project managed by Presence Switzerland, part of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and acts as a meeting point and social hub for the Swiss Olympic team, its sponsors, and partners. It is also used for receptions, media conferences, client events, and medal celebrations.
It is one of the few national guest centres at the Olympic Games open to the public, and is intended for a wide local and international audience.
The House of Switzerland was conceived as a public-private partnership project and is designed to facilitate close collaboration between official partners and sponsors from the Swiss private sector.