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

  • EFTA and Vietnam continue free trade talks   29.05.2015

    Negotiating teams from EFTA and Vietnam met in Oslo from 26 to 29 May 2015 for a 12th round of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement.

  • EFTA-Serbia Joint Committee holds second meeting   27.05.2015

    The Joint Committee under the EFTA-Serbia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) held its second meeting on 20 May 2015 in Belgrade.

  • Iceland has highest employment rate in Europe   21.05.2015
    Employment rate (percentage) for women aged 55-64 years in 2014. Source: Eurostat

    According to data published recently by Eurostat, Iceland had the highest share of employment among people aged 20 to 64 years in 2014, at 83.5%.The employment rates among the EFTA countries were generally high compared to the countries of the European Union (EU), particularly among women aged 55 to 64 years (see map).

  • EEA Council discusses Digital Agenda and EEA Financial Mechanisms   18.05.2015

    At the 43rd meeting of the EEA Council, held in Brussels on 18 May 2015, Ministers discussed the current situation of the cooperation within the EEA, focussing on the importance of maintaining and further developing a homogenous internal market as an engine for growth throughout the EEA. An orientation debate was held on the new “Digital Agenda”. The ongoing negotiations for a continuation of the EEA Financial Mechanisms for another term were also discussed.

  • Liechtenstein celebrates 20 years in the European Economic Area   12.05.2015
    Prime Minister Adrian Hasler delivering his speech at the anniversary event in Vaduz.

    “Over the past 20 years, Liechtenstein has been able to prove that it is a reliable partner for the EU as well as Norway and Iceland,” stated Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick before a crowded audience in the Town Hall of Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz, as the country celebrated the 20th anniversary of its EEA membership on 11 May 2015.


  • 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 pdf format.

  • 54th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association, 2014. The report is only available in electronic PDF format.

  • 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.