Bilateral relations Switzerland–Tonga

Relations between Switzerland and Tonga are marginal. There are no notable economic ties with this lightly-populated island state in the Pacific.

Key aspects of relations

The Swiss embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, maintains diplomatic relations with Tonga. Contact is largely sporadic and the two countries occasionally cooperate within a multilateral framework.

Tonga can benefit from Switzerland’s involvement in regional projects, particularly in the field of climate change. One example of this is the exchange on climate change in the Pacific region (Pacific Climate Change Roundtable) which is carried out with the partner organisation, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP).

Bilateral treaties

Official website of the Tongan parliament

Tourism in Vanuatu

Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP)

Cooperation in the domain of education

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

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Swiss nationals in Tonga

At the end of 2012, there were 13 Swiss citizens living in Tonga, four of whom were dual citizens.