The European Free Trade Association

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States: IcelandLiechtensteinNorwaySwitzerland.

The Association manages the EFTA Convention; EFTA’s worldwide network of free trade and partnership agreements, and the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement.


News Releases

  • Increasing number of asylum seekers in EFTA countries   30.03.2015

    37 000 people applied for asylum in one of the EFTA countries in 2014. This represents an increase of 11% from 2013, according to new data released by Eurostat.

  • EFTA and Philippines hold first round of negotiations   27.03.2015
    Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal Jr., spokesperson for the Philippines and Ambassador Didier Chambovey, spokesperson for EFTA

    The first round of free trade talks between the Philippines and the Members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland – was held on 24-27 March 2015 in Makati, Philippines.

  • Framework partnership agreements on standardisation approved by the EFTA Council   26.03.2015
    Ambassador Peter Matt of Liechtenstein, Chair of the EFTA Council

    At the second meeting under the Liechtenstein Chair on 26 March 2015, the EFTA Council approved framework partnership agreements with the European Association for the Coordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC) and with the European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS).

  • High life satisfaction in EFTA countries   25.03.2015

    Residents of the EFTA countries are generally very satisfied with their lives. Their life satisfaction is among the highest in Europe, according to new Eurostat data released on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness, 20 March 2015.

  • EFTA discusses report by European Environment Agency   25.03.2015
    Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency, Kjartan Ingvarsson, Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, Iceland and Dag W. Holter, Deputy Secretary-General, EFTA Secretariat

    On 24 March 2015, the EFTA Working Group on the Environment met to discuss the processing of environmental acquis and relevant policy developments. The meeting started with a presentation by Dr Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, on the Agency’s State of the Environment Report (SOER), which was published this month.


  • This publication contains information on EFTA's activities and institutional framework, as well as a range of statistics on EFTA and its Member States. The publication is avaliable in paper or electronic form, in PDF format for PCs and laptops and ePUB format for tablets and smartphones.

  • 53nd Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association, 2013. The report is only avaliable in electronic form, in PDF format for PCs and laptops and ePUB format for tablets and smartphones.

  • EFTA Bulletin - September 2014

    EFTA Bulletin - September 2014.

    This edition of the EFTA Bulletin outlines the new procedures to be followed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway for incorporating EU acts into the EEA Agreement. The procedures apply from 20 October 2014.

  • EFTA Bulletin - December 2013.

    This edition of the EFTA Bulletin looks at EFTA's free trade relations with partner countries outside the European Union. The publication is avaliable in paper or electronic form in PDF format for PCs and laptops, as well as in ePUB format for tablets and smartphones.


  • This two-page factsheet gives a general overview of the role and tasks of the European Free Trade Association. Several other factsheets can also be downloaded from our website.

  • EFTA Bulletin 2012

    EFTA Bulletin - September 2012.

    Two decades have passed since the EEA EFTA States joined the European Community in the effort to complete the Single Market. The Bulletin reviews the past, takes stock of the present, and looks into the future of the European Economic Area.