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