Our history

In many ways, Swiss Re's history and the history of reinsurance have been one narrative. Swiss Re was founded in 1863 and developed with and for the insurance industry. Our Timeline presents some historical insights from this fascinating history and the video gives some insights on what drives Swiss Re on a day to day basis.

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Swiss Re -Smarter together for more than 150 years

150 years of Swiss Re

For our 150 Years Anniversary we launched a new series of publications, covering the history of some of the key markets where we share a long history with our clients and partners.

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