Bilateral relations Switzerland–Kiribati

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

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).

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

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

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

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 Kiribati

Official website of the Kiribati government

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.