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Bilateral relations Switzerland–Equatorial Guinea

Relations between Switzerland and Equatorial Guinea are good but not well developed.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Switzerland has set out a strategy for sub-Saharan Africa for 2021–24.

Although Equatorial Guinea has a permanent representation to the United Nations in Geneva, the country's embassy in Paris remains competent for matters concerning Switzerland. Swiss interests in Equatorial Guinea are represented by the Swiss embassy in Yaoundé (Cameroon).

Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy 2021–24 (PDF, 48 Pages, 3.1 MB, English)

Treaty database

Economic cooperation

Bilateral trade is weak. There are very few Swiss companies operating in Equatorial Guinea.

Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Researchers who are citizens of Equatorial Guinea can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists (SERI)

Swiss citizens in Equatorial Guinea

According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, 7 Swiss citizens were living in Equatorial Guinea at the end of 2020 and 30 citizens of Equatorial Guinea were living in Switzerland.

History of bilateral relations

The Federal Council recognised the independence of the former Spanish colony of Guinea on 15 October 1968 and established diplomatic relations with the new state. Trade has remained very weak (timber, machinery, chemical products), as have migratory flows. Since the 1990s, the development of petroleum production has led a few Swiss companies to set up operations in Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)  

Diplomatic documents of Switzerland, Dodis

Last update 26.01.2022

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