Werner Imhoof, 67, Washington correspondent for Switzerland's major newspaper, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, for 27 years, died Monday in Zurich.

Mr. Imhoof had been a political and economics correspondent in this country from 1945 to 1972.

While Washington was his base, he traveled extensively throughout the country and became as well known for his stories on American life as for his reports on government affairs.

In 1967, Mr. Imhoof won the Foreign Journalism Award of the University of California at Los Angeles for the best reporting about America.

In 1971, he received the Julius Adams Stratton Prize for cultural achievement from the Friends of Switzerland of Boston. He received numerous honors from his own government.

Born in Zofingen, Switzerland, Mr. Imhoof earned a doctorate in law from the University of Zurich. He then worked for a newspaper in Basel.

In 1938, Mr. Imhoof became general secretary of Neue Helzetische Gesellschaft, an organization for Swiss abroad, in Berne. He remained in that position until becoming Washington correspondent for Neue Zurcher Zeitung.

In 1972, he went to Paris as political correspondent there for the newspaper. He retired in 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Tatjana, of the home; a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Christina, both of Washington; another daughter, Jenny, of London, and two brothers, Rudolf and Walter, both of Switzerland.