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Bilateral relations Switzerland–Samoa

Relations between Switzerland and the independent state of Samoa are limited. The trade volume between Switzerland and this sparsely populated Pacific island nation is negligible.

Key aspects of relations

Switzerland cooperates with all the Pacific island states along these four axes:

  • International Geneva: Switzerland provides all Pacific island states with financial and logistical support to open permanent missions to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva. This enables these micro-states to voice their concerns and interests within the international community.

  • Multilateral organisations: Through organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund and others, the Pacific region benefits indirectly from Swiss financial contributions, particularly in the area of climate change.

  • Specific projects in the fields of human security, human rights and humanitarian aid: Switzerland operates a humanitarian aid centre in Bangkok capable of providing emergency assistance to the Pacific states in the event of natural disasters such as cyclones.

  • Small-scale projects are implemented with the support of the Swiss embassies in Wellington, Canberra and Manila.

The Swiss embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, handles diplomatic relations with Samoa. Relations are limited to ad hoc contacts and cooperation within a multilateral framework.

Tourism in Samoa

Official website of the Samoan government

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Cooperation in education and training

Researchers who are citizens of Samoa are eligible to apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists, SERI

Swiss nationals in Samoa

In 2021, there were 11 Swiss nationals living in Samoa. 

History of bilateral relations

Switzerland recognised Samoa's independence in 1962. In line with its policy of maintaining relations with all countries, Switzerland established diplomatic relations with Samoa in 1987.

Samoa, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)

Last update 26.01.2022

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