Last updated in October 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 former GDR, including President Malam Bacai Sanhá, who died in 2012, and some members of the government currently in power.
Normal political relations were resumed in July 2014. Following the April 2012 coup, Germany had limited cooperation with the transitional government to technically necessary contacts and, together with its EU partners, supported efforts to ensure the country’s return to constitutional order.
Since 1998, Germany has provided assistance to Guinea-Bissau through European Union development cooperation with the country. There is no bilateral development cooperation but Germany also supports projects by the United Nations and civil society organisations such as the Weltfriedensdienst (World Peace Service).
Economic relations between the two countries are limited to marginal sectors (imports of used cars).