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 Kaleidoscope and Timeline present some historical insights from this fascinating history. Visit us from time to time to discover more.



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.

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

On the occasion of its 150 Years Anniversary, Swiss Re and four historians tell the story of the global insurance networks as well as the history of reinsurance and Swiss Re in The Value of Risk: Swiss Re and the History of Reinsurance, published by Oxford University Press.

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