Our history

In many ways, Swiss Re's history and the history of reinsurance have been one narrative. For well over 150 years, Swiss Re has been at the forefront of developing risk solutions across the globe. Visit our timeline for more detailed information. In conjunction with our last anniversary, we launched a series of historical publications which provide insights in how today's insurance and reinsurance industries developed.

Timeline Discover Swiss Re throughout the years

Learn more Discover Swiss Re throughout the years

Reading suggestion A history of insurance

Modern life can hardly be imagined without this form of risk protection, yet, comparatively little is known about the history of the industry. Learn more in our publication.

Download the publication (pdf) A history of insurance

Reading suggestion The Value of Risk: Swiss Re and the History of Reinsurance

published by Oxford University Press

Buy the book The Value of Risk: Swiss Re and the History of Reinsurance