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Twin towns
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Twin towns

This article is about partnerships between towns distant from each other. See Twin cities for the different concept of physically neighbouring cities
Town Twinning was developed in Europe after the Second World War as a way to bring European people into a closer understanding of each other and to promote cross-border projects of mutual benefit. The idea is to twin towns and cities (often though by no means always with similar demographic and other characteristics) in different countries, with the accent upon fostering human contacts. While still more popular as a concept in Europe than elsewhere, the idea has now spread to other continents; in North America the phrase Sister Cities is used.

Within Europe, town twinning is now supported by the European Union. The support scheme was established in 1989. In 2003 an annual budget of about 12 million euros was allocated to about 1300 projects.

The following list is a starting point for a complete list of twinned towns. Information may not be complete even for the towns that are listed. Where known, the date of formation of the twinning agreement is included in parenthesis. When adding a new twinning to the list, please add it under both of the countries/towns involved.

Table of contents
1 Albania
2 Algeria
3 Armenia
4 Australia
5 Austria
6 Azerbaijan
7 Barbados
8 Belgium
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina
10 Bulgaria
11 Canada
12 China
13 Croatia
14 Cuba
15 Czech Republic
16 Denmark
17 Estonia
18 Faroe Islands
19 Finland
20 France
21 Georgia
22 Germany
23 Greece
24 Greenland
25 Hungary
26 Iceland
27 India
28 Iran
29 Israel
30 Italy
31 Jamaica
32 Japan
33 Kazakhstan
34 Kuwait
35 Latvia
36 Libya
37 Lithuania
38 Luxembourg
39 Macedonia
40 Mexico
41 Moldova
42 Morocco
43 Mozambique
44 Namibia
45 Netherlands
46 New Zealand
47 Nicaragua
48 Palestine
49 Poland
50 Portugal
51 Republic of Ireland
52 Republic of the Congo
53 Romania
54 Russia
55 Serbia and Montenegro
56 Sierra Leone
57 Slovakia
58 Slovenia
59 South Africa
60 South Korea
61 Spain
62 Sweden
63 Switzerland
64 Turkey
65 UK
66 Ukraine
67 USA
68 Western Sahara
69 Zimbabwe
70 External link

Albania

Algeria

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Barbados

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Canada

China

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Faroe Islands

Finland

France

also try searching for "jumelage" in the French Wikipedia

Georgia

Germany

also try searching for "Partnerstädte" in the German Wikipedia

Greece

Greenland

Hungary

Iceland

India

Iran

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kuwait

Latvia

Libya

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia

Mexico

Moldova

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Palestine

Poland

Portugal

Republic of Ireland

Republic of the Congo

Romania

Russia

Serbia and Montenegro

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

UK

(Arranged by ceremonial county)

Bedfordshire

Berkshire

Bristol

Cambridgeshire

Cornwall

Derbyshire

Devon

Dorset

East Riding of Yorkshire

Edinburgh

Essex

Glasgow

Gloucestershire

Greater Manchester

Hampshire

Herefordshire

Kent

Lancashire

Leicestershire

London

Merseyside

Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire

Shropshire

Somerset

South Lanarkshire

South Yorkshire

Surrey

Warwickshire

West Glamorgan

West Midlands

West Sussex

West Yorkshire

Ukraine

USA

Western Sahara

Zimbabwe

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