Germany and Bhutan: Bilateral relations

20.10.2022 - Article

Germany and the Kingdom of Bhutan established diplomatic relations on 25 November 2020, a move which further deepened the friendly ties between the two countries. Consular relations have been in place since July 2000. The German Embassy in New Delhi is responsible for maintaining official bilateral contacts with the Kingdom of Bhutan. In June 2022, the first German Honorary Consul in Bhutan took office. Bhutan’s diplomatic interests are pursued primarily through its mission to the EU. Furthermore, the Honorary Consul-General for Bhutan based in Berlin and the Honorary Consul based in Essen work to promote Bhutan’s interests.

Germany and Bhutan’s main spheres of cooperation are healthcare, social affairs, science and research as well as the environment.

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 been supporting cultural preservation projects in Bhutan since the 1990s. Most recently, 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.


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