Sister City Agreement

The history of a twinned town goes back centuries. Paderborn, Germany, and Le Mans, France, were the first in Europe to establish the partnership between the dioceses of the two Catholic bishops. Subsequently, an official town twinning contract was signed in 1967. The modern concept of town twinning was only introduced after the Second World War. Each twinned city has been designed to lead to global friendships and peace in times of crisis. A joint partnership between Coventry in the UK and Kiel in France was created to promote healing and coexistence after previous destruction by others. For those new to this term, «twin towns» (or «twin towns») almost has a rather strange, picturesque and perhaps even fantastic feeling. If you didn`t know it better, you`d be forgiven for thinking of enchanted fantasy countries or a sci-fi novel. Twin cities can expect an influx of business, tourism and trade, as well as more investment in the local economy. Strengthening the international profile of cities is an excellent opportunity for each city to present its achievements to the local government. A city will often have a number of twinned cities to promote cultural understanding, under the leadership of non-profit organizations, local governments, the private sector, and other civil society organizations. The relationship depends on bilateral trade, commercial, educational and cultural exchanges and projects with their partner city. In 1981, the mayor of Toledo, Spain, gave a speech on the friendship between the two cities, in honor of the 50th anniversary of their urban union.

The first known twinning in Europe was 836 between Paderborn, Germany, and Le Mans, France.