Last updated in February 2013
The Federal Republic of Germany recognized Guinea-Bissau as a 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, including recently deceased President Malam Bacai Sanhá, studied in the GDR.
Since the coup on 12 April 2012, Germany has limited cooperation with the transitional government to technically necessary contacts and, together with its EU partners, is supporting 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. It has ended major bilateral projects but is helping civil-society organizations to implement projects. These include Weltfriedensdienst (World Peace Service) projects to prevent female genital mutilation and promote non-violent conflict resolution strategies. In recent years, Germany has also made contributions to the United Nations to fund a mine clearance project and fight drug trafficking in Guinea-Bissau.