Bilateral relations Switzerland–São Tomé and Príncipe

Relations between Switzerland and São Tomé and Príncipe are minimal. There is barely even any trade between Switzerland and the second-smallest African country.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Switzerland expects improved contacts between the two countries through regular political dialogue and enhanced multilateral cooperation, in particular on reciprocal support for candidatures for key positions within international organisations. São Tomé and Principe is a full member of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF). São Tomé works alongside Switzerland to improve human security, respect for international law and human rights, and to promote cultural and linguistic diversity.

Diplomatic relations with São Tomé and Príncipe are conducted by the Swiss embassy in Luanda, while consular matters are dealt with by the embassy in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). The honorary consulate was opened in São Tomé in 2011 as part of Switzerland's drive to pursue a universal foreign policy.

Economic cooperation

Since December 2010, a Geneva-based group has been active in the production and marketing of high-quality organic cocoa beans.

Cooperation in the domain of education

Scholars and artists from São Tomé and Principe can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Swiss citizens in São Tomé and Principe

At the end of 2015, one Swiss citizens was living in São Tomé and Principe.

History of bilateral relations

Between 2002 and 2011, the Waldhaus am See Foundation of the surgeon Gian Meyer was active in São Tomé and Principe, in particular in the fields of education, basic health care and ophthalmology.