What is a Sister City?

Similar communities from different countries may propose a formal affiliation as “sister cities” or “friendship cities,” sometimes referred to as “twinning towns,” to learn more about each other and to develop friendly and meaningful exchanges. Citizens and organizations in both communities engage in long-term educational, municipal, professional, technical and youth projects of mutual interest, thereby increasing international understanding at all levels of the community.

The sister city program was launched at a 1956 White House conference by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Hundreds of American cities responded to that call and are continuing to carry out meaningful exchanges in 136 nations around the world.

Why have a Sister City?

A sister city program enables the citizens of both communities to become directly involved in international relations. It enables all who participate to:


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