October 31, 2020

Four years in North Korea: observations from Switzerland’s man in Pyongyang

Thomas Fisler discusses work that brought him to all but one province of the DPRK

Having wrapped up four years working in North Korea for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in October last year, Thomas Fisler has developed an insight into the country quite unlike many of the foreigners who have visited.

His post was lengthy by expat standards – many in the North only work there for a two-year stint – and his job as Director of Cooperation for the SDC regularly brought him to the most far-flung parts of the country, areas that few diplomats working in the country get to visit.