List of sister cities in Pennsylvania

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This is a list of sister states, regions, and cities in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Sister cities, known in Europe as town twins, are municipalities (sometimes counties, regions, states and other sub-national entities) that cooperate to foster cultural links. They interact with each other across a broad range of activities, often including education, business, the arts, or health care.[1]

Many Pennsylvania jurisdictions work with foreign cities through Sister Cities International, an organization whose goal is to "Promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation."[2]

Sister states of Pennsylvania[edit]

Pennsylvania Jurisdiction Sister State, Region, or City Country Since
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Matanzas Province Cuba Cuba 2000[3]
Rhône-Alpes France France 2006[4]

Sister cities of Pennsylvania cities and counties[edit]

Cheltenham is twins with its namesake in England.
The Cathedral on the Plaza Mayor in Erie's sister city of Mérida is the oldest in North America.
The Acropolis of Athens in one of Philadelphia's sisters.
Sheffield, like a number of Pittsburgh's sisters, is twinned due to its impact on the world's steel industry.
A sign welcoming travelers to York proudly boasts both of that city's twins: Arles, France and Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. The York-Arles partnership, established in 1954, was the first of its kind between American and French municipalities.
Pennsylvania Jurisdiction Sister State, Region, or City Country Since
Allentown Lelów, Silesian Voivodeship Poland Poland
Tiberias, Lower Galilee Israel Israel 1998[5]
Vinci, Tuscany Italy Italy
Altoona St. Pölten, Lower Austria Austria Austria 2000[6]
Ambler Maida, Calabria Italy Italy 2010[7]
Bethlehem[8] Corfu Greece Greece 2013[9]
Murska Sobota, Prekmurje Slovenia Slovenia
Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg Germany Germany 1991[10]
Tondabayashi, Osaka Japan Japan 1972[11]
Foiano di Val Fortore, Benevento Italy
Boyertown Bohodukhiv, Kharkiv Oblast Ukraine Ukraine 1993
Caln Township Calne, Wiltshire England England, UK 1982[12]
Chambersburg Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan Japan 1960[13]
Cheltenham Cheltenham, Gloucestershire England England, UK
Clarks Summit Ystradgynlais, Powys Wales Wales, UK 1991[14]
Coatesville Greenock, Inverclyde Scotland Scotland, UK
Curwensville Workington, Cumbria England England, UK
Dalton Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria England England, UK
Drumore Township
and Lancaster County
Dromore, County Down Northern Ireland Northern Ireland, UK 1996[15]
Elizabethtown Letterkenny, County Donegal Republic of Ireland Ireland 2002[16]
Ephrata Eberbach, Baden-Württemberg Germany Germany 1976[17]
Erie Dungarvan, County Waterford Republic of Ireland Ireland 2007[18]
Lublin, Lublin Vovoideship Poland Poland
Mérida, Yucatán Mexico Mexico
Zibo, Shandong Province China China
Fleetwood Fleetwood, Lancashire England England, UK
Gettysburg León, León Department Nicaragua Nicaragua 1987[19]
Greensburg Belize Belize Belize
Cercemaggiore, Molise Italy Italy 2003[20]
Harrisburg Ma'alot-Tarshiha, North Israel Israel 1998[5]
Hazleton Gorzów Wielkopolski, Lubusz Voivodeship Poland Poland
Mountain Communities of Lambro and Mingardo, Campania Italy Italy 2001[21]
Lancaster Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem Israel Israel 1998[5]
Sano, Tochigi Prefecture Japan Japan 1994
Limerick Limerick, County Limerick Republic of Ireland Ireland 1990[22]
Lititz Kunvald, Ústí nad Orlicí Czech Republic Czech Republic 2006[23]
Montgomery County Gwanak-gu, Seoul South Korea South Korea
Nanty Glo Nantyglo, Monmouthshire Wales Wales, UK
New Castle Shinshiro, Aichi Japan Japan 1998[24]
New Holland Longvic, Bourgogne France France
Northampton Stegersbach, Burgenland Austria Austria
Philadelphia Abruzzo Italy Italy 1997[25]
Aix-en-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France France 1999[26]
Douala, Littoral Province Cameroon Cameroon 1986[27]
Florence, Tuscany Italy Italy 1964[28]
Incheon, Sudogwon South Korea South Korea 1984[29]
Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture Japan Japan 1986[30]
Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Russia Russia 1992[31]
Tel Aviv Israel Israel 1966[32]
Tianjin China China 1980[33]
Toruń, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Poland Poland 1976[34]
Pittsburgh Bilbao, Basque Country Spain Spain 1960s[35]
Donetsk, Donetsk Oblast Ukraine Ukraine 1992[36]
Fernando de la Mora, Gran Asunción Paraguay Paraguay
Karmiel, North Israel Israel 1995[37]
Kolkata India India
Matanzas, Matanzas Province Cuba Cuba 1998
Misgav, Galilee Israel Israel 1995[37]
Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo Region Russia Russia
Ostrava, Moravian-Silesian Region Czech Republic Czech Republic 2001[38]
Prešov, Prešov District Slovakia Slovakia 2002[39]
Saitama, Saitama Prefecture
(includes Ōmiya-ku, Saitama Prefecture)
Japan Japan 1997[40]
San Isidro, Matagalpa Nicaragua Nicaragua
Sheffield, South Yorkshire England England, UK
Sofia Bulgaria Bulgaria
Skopje North Macedonia Macedonia 2002[41]
Wuhan, Hubei Province China China 1982[42]
Zagreb Croatia Croatia 1980
Reading Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany Germany 1998
Saxonburg Mühlhausen, Thuringia Germany Germany 2008
Scranton Ballina, County Mayo Republic of Ireland Ireland
San Marino, San Marino San Marino San Marino
Trnava, Trnava District Slovakia Slovakia
Upper Darby Motoyama, Kōchi Japan Japan
Wilkinsburg Makeni, Northern Province Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 2004[43]
Williamsport Ma'ale Adumim State of Palestine Palestine, West Bank 2010[44][45]
York Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France France 1954[46][47]
Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany Germany 1981[47]

See also[edit]


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