List of sister cities in Michigan

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This is a list of sister states, regions, and cities in the U.S. state of Michigan. Sister cities, known in Europe as town twins, are cities which partner with each other to promote human contact and cultural links, although this partnering is not limited to cities and often includes counties, regions, states and other sub-national entities.

Many Michigan jurisdictions partner with foreign cities through Sister Cities International, an organization whose goal is to, "Promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation."[1] Sister cities interact with each other across a broad range of activities, from health care and education to business and the arts.[2]

Sister states of Michigan[edit]

Michigan Jurisdiction Sister State, Region, or City Country Since
State of Michigan Groningen, Groningen Province Netherlands
Shiga Prefecture Japan 1968[3]
Sichuan Province China 1982[4]

Sister cities of Michigan cities and counties[edit]

The Peterborough Lift Lock in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, amongst Ann Arbor's sisters since 1983.
Toyota, Japan and Detroit are paired because of each other's importance to the automobile industry.
...and Saltillo.
The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, England, sister to the Michigan town of the same name.
The Welsh town of Brecon is one of two sisters to Saline.
Michigan Jurisdiction Sister State, Region, or City Country Since
Adrian Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Albion Noisy-le-Roi, Yvelines France 2001[5]
Ann Arbor Belize City, Belize District Belize 1967[6]
Dakar, Dakar Senegal 1997[6]
Hikone, Shiga Prefecture Japan 1969[6]
Juigalpa, Chontales Nicaragua 1986[6][7]
Peterborough, Ontario Canada 1983[6]
Remedios, Villa Clara Cuba 2003[6]
Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany 1965[6][8]
Battle Creek Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture Japan
Bay City Ansbach, Bavaria Germany 1960[9]
Goderich, Ontario Canada
Lomé Togo
Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship Poland 1987
Belleville Machynlleth, Wales United Kingdom
Birmingham Rittō, Shiga Prefecture Japan 1976[10]
Bronson Moryń, West Pomeranian Voivodeship Poland
Cadillac Rovaniemi, Lapland Finland 1983[11]
Chelsea Shimizu, Hokkaido Prefecture Japan
Clinton Charter Twp. Yasu, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Coldwater Soltau, Lower Saxony Germany 1971[12]
Dearborn Qana, South Governorate Lebanon
Detroit Chongqing China
Dubai United Arab Emirates 2003[13]
Kitwe, Copperbelt Province Zambia
Minsk, Minsk Voblast Belarus
Nassau, New Providence Bahamas
Toyota, Aichi Prefecture Japan 1960[13]
Turin, Piedmont Italy 1998[14]
Chernihiv Ukraine
DeWitt Konan, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Dundee Yoshida, Niigata Prefecture Japan 1992[15]
East Lansing Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County Romania
Flint Changchun, Jilin Province China
Hamilton, Ontario Canada 1987[16]
Kielce, Świętokrzysie Voivodeship Poland
Tolyatti, Samara Oblast Russia
Frankenmuth Gunzenhausen, Bavaria Germany 1962[17]
Fremont Yahaba, Iwate Japan
Gaylord Pontresina, Graubünden Switzerland
Grand Rapids Bielsko-Biała, Silesian Voivodeship Poland 1991[18]
Ga District Ghana 1994[19]
Ōmihachiman, Shiga Prefecture Japan 1986[20]
Perugia, Umbria Italy 1993[21]
Tirana Albania
Zapopan, Jalisco Mexico 2007[22]
Hancock Porvoo, Eastern Uusimaa Finland
Holland Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro Mexico
Holly Leamington, Ontario Canada
Jackson Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland United Kingdom 2006[23]
Varel, Lower Saxony Germany 2002[24]
Kalamazoo Kingston, Surrey Jamaica
Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan 1963[25]
Pushkin, St. Petersburg Russia 1992[26]
Lansing Akuapim, South District Ghana 1997[27]
Belmopan, Cayo District Belize
Cosenza, Calabria Italy 2000[27]
Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 1982[27]
Lanzhou, Gansu Province China
Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture Japan 1969[28]
Saint Petersburg Russia 1992[27]
Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico 1994[27]
Sanming, Fujian Province China 1997[27]
Mackinac Island Lybster, Scotland United Kingdom
Marquette Yokaichi, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Marshall Koka, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Midland Handa, Aichi Prefecture Japan
Zigon, Sichuan China
Monroe Hōfu, Yamaguchi Japan 1993[29]
Muskegon Antalya, Antalya Province Turkey
Hartlepool, England United Kingdom
Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture Japan 1994[30]
Mount Pleasant Okaya, Nagano Prefecture Japan 1965[31]
Valdivia, Los Ríos Chile
Niles Redditch, England United Kingdom
Novi Ōwani, Aomori Prefecture Japan 1991[32]
Oxford Oxford, England United Kingdom
Petoskey Takashima, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Pontiac Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Redford Gau-Algesheim, Rhineland-Palatinate Germany
Georgina, Ontario Canada
St. Anton, Tyrol Austria
Rochester Hills Tuzi, Podgorica municipality Montenegro
Saginaw Awka, Anambra Nigeria
Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture Japan
Zapopan, Jalisco Mexico
Saline Brecon, Wales United Kingdom 1966[33]
Lindenberg im Allgäu, Bavaria Germany 2003[33]
Sault Ste. Marie Ryūō, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario[a] Canada 2012[34]
South Haven Quilalí, Nueva Segovia Nicaragua
Sparta Słomniki, Lesser Poland Voivodeship Poland
Sterling Heights Sorsogon City, Sorsogon Philippines 2008[35]
Tetovo, Tetovo Municipality Macedonia
Sturgis Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture Japan
Tecumseh La Verpillière, Isère France 1984[5]
Traverse City Tsuchiyama, Shiga Prefecture Japan 1968[36]
Troy Aley, Mount Lebanon Governorate Lebanon
Walker Colac, Victoria Australia 1993[37]
Wyandotte Komaki, Aichi Prefecture Japan
Ypsilanti Nafplion, Argolis Greece

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mission and Goals". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Shiga Profile - Michigan State". Shiga Prefecture. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Briefing on Sichuan International Sister Cities Cooperation and Development Week 2005". Sichuan Provincial People's Government. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  5. ^ a b fr:Liste des jumelages franco-américains
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Ann Arbor, Michigan#Sister cities
  7. ^ "2003 US-Nicaragua Sister Cities Directory". Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  8. ^ de:Liste deutsch-amerikanischer Städtepartnerschaften
  9. ^ "Stadt Ansbach - > VIRTUAL CITY COUNCIL - > Ansbach worldwide - > Bay City". Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  10. ^ "Birmingham Sister City Program". City of Birmingham. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  11. ^ "Cadillac - Rovaniemi.fi". Retrieved 2009-01-31. [dead link]
  12. ^ Soltau#Twin towns
  13. ^ a b "Detroit Sister Cities: Linking Detroit to the World". City of Detroit. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  14. ^ "Città di Torino - Relazioni Internazionali". Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  15. ^ "Dundee-Yoshida cultural exchange program marks 10th anniversary". Dundee Independent. 2002-08-15. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  16. ^ "TWIN CITIES - FLINT, MICHIGAN USA 1987". Hamilton Mundialization Committee. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  17. ^ "History - Significant Dates". City of Frankenmuth, Michigan. Retrieved 2007-09-26. [dead link]
  18. ^ "City of Grand Rapids - Bielsko-Biala, Poland". City of Grand Rapids. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  19. ^ "City of Grand Rapids - Ga District, Ghana". City of Grand Rapids. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  20. ^ "City of Grand Rapids - Omihachiman, Japan". City of Grand Rapids. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  21. ^ "City of Grand Rapids - Perugia, Italy". City of Grand Rapids. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  22. ^ "Sister Cities of Grand Rapids". Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  23. ^ "Jackson City Council Meeting - Minutes - May 9, 2006". City of Jackson. Retrieved 2010-01-15. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors". Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2009-01-22. [dead link]
  25. ^ "Good will flows during visit to sister-city Numazu". Kalamazoo Gazette. 2007-08-13. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  26. ^ Kalamazoo Russian Festival - Unique Russian Cultural Event in the Midwest
  27. ^ a b c d e f "About Us". Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  28. ^ "Otsu, Japan: General Information". Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  29. ^ http://www.ci.monroe.mi.us/Hofu_Mayor_Visit.cfm Twin towning with Monroe, Michigan
  30. ^ "Sister City - Omuta, Japan". City of Muskegon. Retrieved 2007-09-28. [dead link]
  31. ^ Okaya, Nagano
  32. ^ 大鰐町#姉妹都市・提携都市
  33. ^ a b "Sister Cities- Brecon, Wales and Lindenberg, Germany". City of Saline. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  34. ^ City of Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
  35. ^ Reyes, Bobby (2008-06-09). "Sorsogon and Sterling Heights (Michigan) Become Sister Cities". Mahubay Radio. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  36. ^ "Uniting two cultures". Traverse City Record-Eagle. 2002-07-31. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  37. ^ "Sister City Program, City of Walker, Michigan (MI)". City of Walker. Retrieved 2007-09-28.