About the FCO
What are the FCO's objectives and how do we achieve them? Could a career in the FCO be for you?
This is where you’ll find information on all our key roles from supporting British nationals overseas to promoting British business to legalising documents.
We do our work through a network of 261 embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic posts worldwide.
The FCO has come a long way since its beginnings in 1782. You can read about our history and check out every one of our former foreign secretaries.
We publish official publications every year, including annual reports and public consultations. We also have dedicated historians, researchers and librarians who publish their work.
We have knowledgeable experts who keep detailed, constantly updated profiles of every country worldwide.
Departmental report 2008
Read about our achievements over the past year.
The FCO's historical buildings