AFS – Association of Swiss Families

AFS (Association de Familles Suisses) or “Vereinigung Schweizerischer Familien” was founded in 1982. Its members descent from families of the historic nobility and the vast majority of these families are of Swiss origin. AFS is also open to foreign members who reside in Switzerland and whose families belong to the European nobility.

AFS represents Switzerland at CILANE, based in Paris, the umbrella organisation of the European nobility associations (Commission d’Information et de Liaison des Associations de Noblesse d’Europe).


AFS organises events of lectures, which take part in the course of the annual meeting of members with a formal dinner afterwards.

Every two years the “Swiss International Weekend of the Youth of the European Nobility” takes place, which enables the young members of the European nobility to socialise at the concurrent “Swiss Ball of the Nobility”.

Spread over the year, there are more events for our members and their families, like visiting museums or exhibitions as well as excursions to please our youngest family members.