Relations between Switzerland and Papua New Guinea are marginal. There are no notable economic ties with this Pacific state.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Papua-New Guinea
Key aspects of relations
Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea 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 Canberra (Australia) and are limited to sporadic contacts and occasional cooperation within a multilateral framework.
Swiss nationals in Papua New Guinea
At the end of 2012, there were 111 Swiss citizens living in Papua New Guinea, 30 of whom had dual citizenship.
History of bilateral relations
The universality of Switzerland’s foreign policy led it to establish diplomatic relations with Papua New Guinea in 1976.