Bilateral relations Switzerland–Cook Islands

Relations between Switzerland and the Cook Islands are marginal. There are no economic ties with this sparsely populated Pacific island state.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

The Cook Islands benefit 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).

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.

Tourism in the Cook Islands

Official website of the Cook Islands government

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Cooperation in the domain of education

Scholars and artists from the Cook Islands can apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships to the State Secretariat for Education Research and Innovation (SERI).

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Swiss nationals in the Cook Islands

At the end of 2012, there were 18 Swiss citizens living in the Cook Islands.

History of bilateral relations

The universality of Switzerland’s foreign policy led it to establish diplomatic relations with the Cook Islands in 2010.