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The history of town twinning in Hanover

Town twinning as a form of "municipal foreign policy"

Eine Figurenkette aus Papier symbolisiert gemeinsames Handeln © S. Hofschlaeger/pixelio

After the Second World War, securing peace and creating international understanding from the bottom-up were the main tasks of town twinning. Hanover was one of the first German cities to conclude a partnership agreement with the city of Bristol in 1947. Partnerships with Perpignan and Rouen in France followed in the sixties.

In the following years, Hanover’s twinning with Blantyre, Poznan, Hiroshima and Leipzig resulted from the citizen’s active involvement in municipal development cooperation, in the East-West relations, and “the peace movement” of the time.

Today, as well as in future, it will be essential to address cultural, social, environmental, and political issues and then jointly develop solutions for them.

1947 First contact with citizens from Bristol
1960 Partnership agreement with Perpignan/France
1966 Town twinning with Rouen/ France
1968 Agreement with Blantyre/Malawi
1979 Partnership with Poznan/Poland
1983 Partnership agreement with Hiroshima/Japan
1987 Town twinning arrangement with Leipzig