Switzerland and São Tomé and Príncipe enjoy good but low-key relations.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–São Tomé and Príncipe
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Switzerland has set out a strategy for sub-Saharan Africa for 2021–24.
Diplomatic relations with São Tomé and Príncipe are handled by the Swiss embassy in Luanda (Angola), while consular affairs are handled by the embassy in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). However, São Tomé and Príncipe does not currently have an embassy or consulate in Switzerland.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers from São Tomé and Príncipe can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Swiss citizens in São Tomé and Príncipe
According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, at the end of 2020, no Swiss citizens were living in São Tomé and Príncipe and only one Santomean citizen was living in Switzerland.
History of bilateral relations
Between 2002 and 2011, the Waldhaus am See Foundation of the surgeon Gian Meyer was active in São Tomé and Príncipe, in particular in the fields of education, basic health care and ophthalmology.