Last updated in January 2017
Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Nauru and Germany were established on 20 September 1984. Political relations between the two countries are friendly and untroubled. The German Ambassador in Canberra, Australia, is also accredited to Nauru.
In 2013, bilateral trade was worth approximately EUR 15,000. Nauru ranks 218th among Germany’s foreign trading partners in terms of German imports from Nauru (EUR 13,000) and 234th in terms of German exports to there (EUR 2,000).
Germany supports Nauru’s economic, social and cultural development, in particular through its substantial contributions to the European Union. The EU is the second biggest development aid donor in the region, after Australia, the partner countries being allocated funding for various projects and programmes in accordance with Country Strategy Papers. Under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), a total of EUR 2.4 million has been earmarked for Nauru for the period 2014 to 2020. The focus of the 11th EDF in Nauru is on developing the renewable-energy sector.
Nauru is also closely involved in German cooperation on climate policy with the countries of the South Pacific Region. Participants from Nauru were among those attending the International Workshop on Seismology, Seismic Hazard and Tsunami Early Warning organised by the Potsdam-based German Research Centre for Geosciences in July 2010. The project Adapting to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region, which runs from 2009 to 2015 and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), is also being extended to cover Nauru.
In addition, the German Embassy in Canberra, which is also responsible for Nauru, occasionally supports small-scale projects there, mainly in the education sector.
Nauru was a German colony from 1888 until the First World War – during the period before the systematic exploitation of the country’s phosphate deposits. Many historical documents from this era, such as maps, statistics and letters, were written in German by the administrators of that time.
Given these facts, in the 1990s Germany provided support for two publications. In 1992, it presented the book “Nauru 1888-1900” at the National Library of Australia in the presence of then Nauruan President Bernard Dowiyogo. In this book, the former German Ambassador in Canberra, Wilhelm Fabricius, assembles and annotates a large number of documents from the colonial period. In 1993, a Nauruan grammar was published, based on the detailed notes of the German missionary Alois Kayser, who lived in Nauru from 1903 to 1943.