Last updated in April 2014
The Federal Republic of Germany recognised Guinea-Bissau as a sovereign state on 12 August 1974. The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1975. Before the East-West conflict ended, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in particular was strongly engaged in socialist Guinea-Bissau. A number of the country’s citizens studied in the GDR, including former President Malam Bacai Sanhá, who died in 2012.
In the wake of the April 2012 coup, Germany limited cooperation with the transitional government to technically necessary contacts. Together with its EU partners, Germany supports efforts to ensure the country’s return to constitutional order.
Since 1998, Germany has supported Guinea-Bissau through European Union development cooperation with the country. There is no bilateral development cooperation but Germany continues to support projects by the United Nations and civil society organisations such as the Weltfriedensdienst (World Peace Service)