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The Week in Germany - July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
Sister Cities

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our brand new @GermanyinUSA newsletter! We hope you enjoy this new format.

Although summer is usually a popular time for travel, the global pandemic has kept many of us at home. If you are missing a trip to Germany this year, you may enjoy learning about all about our Sister Cities! Perhaps you even live near one.

The US and Germany maintain approximately 100 Sister City partnerships across 31 states and 244 partnerships total (including Friendship Cities) across 40 states. The Sister Cities, specifically, are municipal partnerships between German and American cities and communities.

The concept of “town twinning” gained popularity after World War II to foster friendship and understanding among different cultures and to encourage trade and tourism. In many cases, towns are paired due to similarities between them - like the mountainous regions of Aspen, Colorado and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Although town twinning was already common practice in the 1940s, it wasn’t until 1956 that Sister Cities International (SCI) was proposed by President Dwight Eisenhower. This nonprofit citizen diplomacy network creates and strengthens partnerships between cities in the US and their “sisters” abroad.

Although the US has sister cities in many different countries, Germany has the fourth-most U.S. sister cities in the world! Check out this interactive map to find one near you!

 

With 100 different sister cities, there’s a lot to explore. From coastal cities to mountainous regions, you may be surprised how much they have in common! 

Do you live near a Sister City and if so, what commonalities do you notice between these “twin” towns?

Nicole Glass

Editor, German Embassy

germanyinusa (at) gmail.com

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