We have Scottish Government offices in key locations around the world that work to promote Scottish interests overseas and strengthen our relationships with key countries and continents.
Our European Union Office in Brussels, Belgium, works to ensure that Scotland's interests, expertise and ambition are understood by European institutions and other member states and regions.
The Brussels office provides support to Scottish Ministers travelling to Brussels to participate in European Council meetings, to meet with the European Commission or the European Parliament, as well as monitoring developments in EU institutions and feeding this in to colleagues in Scotland.
This work is complemented by a programme of policy and cultural events that usually take place in the conference centre in Scotland House, also based in Brussels. These events provide an opportunity to showcase areas of particular Scottish expertise, to share and debate best practice with European partners in areas of critical importance for Scotland, to contribute to European policy development.
We are also establishing Innovation and Investment Hubs in Europe.
We have a Scottish Affairs Office in Washington DC that promotes Scotland's interests in the United States and Canada. It is based at the British Embassy, located at 3100 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20008.
The USA is Scotland's biggest overseas trading partner and our largest inward investor. US students account for the second largest overseas group in Scotland and links between schools, colleges and universities in the USA and Scotland are developing all the time. Read our US engagement strategy.
In Canada we have offices in Ottawa (opening late 2018) and Toronto – working to promote Scotland's interests to audiences across the country.
Canada is a major export and tourism market for Scotland, and has a large and well-defined Scottish diaspora. Read our Canada engagement strategy.
Our Scottish Affairs Office in Beijing promotes Scotland's interests in China.
We are leading a sustained programme of engagement with China for the mutual benefit of both nations. Read our China engagement strategy.
We have also made a Memorandum of understanding with China's Ministry of Culture concerning the promotion of cultural collaboration and exchange.
Scottish Development International
In addition to the Scottish Government offices above, there are further offices belonging to our international enterprise agency Scottish Development International (SDI). These offices promote international trade and investment between Scotland and other countries.