The relations between Switzerland and Equatorial Guinea are scarcely intense. Nonetheless, they are considered by both sides as good.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Equatorial Guinea
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Even though Equatorial Guinea has a permanent representation to the United Nations in Geneva, the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Paris remains competent for matters concerning Switzerland. Swiss interests in Equatorial Guinea are represented by the Swiss Embassy in Yaoundé (Cameroon).
Bilateral trade is weak. There are very few Swiss companies operating in Equatorial Guinea.
Cooperation in the domain of education
Scholars and artists from Equatorial Guinea can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Swiss citizens in Equatorial Guinea
As at 1 January 2016, seven Swiss nationals were registered as resident in Equatorial Guinea. For the most part, their activities are linked to the extraction of petroleum.
History of bilateral relations
The Federal Council recognised the independence of the former Spanish colony of Guinea on 15 October 1968 and established diplomatic relations with the new state. Economic exchanges have remained very modest (timber, machines, chemical products), as have migratory movements. Beginning in the 1990s, the development of petroleum production led a few Swiss companies to set up operations in Equatorial Guinea.