Germany and Bhutan enjoy friendly relations, with consular relations established in July 2000. Official bilateral contacts are maintained via the German Embassy in New Delhi. Efforts are being made to establish diplomatic relations. Bhutan has agreed to let Germany set up an honorary consulate in Thimphu. Bhutan’s diplomatic interests are pursued primarily through its mission to the EU. The country has an honorary consulate general in Germany.
The two countries share interests above all in the field of climate policy and the preservation of a rules-based multilateral international order.
Through its contributions to international organisations, Germany supports multilateral programmes in and for Bhutan run by, for example, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the EU. Individual projects by private initiatives are supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
On the cultural front, Germany has in recent years supported cultural preservation projects in Bhutan. Since March 2019 the Federal Foreign Office has been providing support for a joint project of the Bhutan-German Himalaya Society and the National Library of Bhutan to preserve traditional Bhutanese manuscripts.