Relations between Switzerland and Kiribati are marginal. There are no economic ties with this sparsely populated Pacific island state.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Kiribati
Key aspects of relations
Kiribati benefits from Switzerland’s involvement in regional projects, particularly in the area of climate change. For example, the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, which is carried out with the partner organisation the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP).
Scholars and artists from Kiribati can apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships to the State Secretariat for Education Research and Innovation (SERI).
Diplomatic relations are maintained by the Swiss embassy in Wellington (New Zealand) and are limited to sporadic contacts and occasional cooperation within a multilateral framework.
Swiss nationals in Kiribati
At the end of 2012 there was one Swiss citizen living in Kiribati.
History of bilateral relations
The universality of Switzerland’s foreign policy led it to establish diplomatic relations with Kiribati in 2004.