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 2020, Bhutan agreed to let Germany appoint an Honorary Consul in Thimphu. Bhutan’s diplomatic interests are pursued primarily through its mission to the EU. It has an Honorary Consul-General based in Bietigheim-Bissingen.
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 helps finance 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 funding for a joint project of the Bhutan-German Himalaya Society and the National Library of Bhutan to preserve traditional Bhutanese manuscripts.