Partner and twin cities

"Gemeinsam für Europa" (Together for Europe) is Troisdorf's slogan for its partnerships with twin towns. These promote international understanding in the spirit of the European concept and peace among nations. The aim of city partnerships is to support activities run by schools, youth groups, apprentices and clubs in the Troisdorf urban area.

The French town of Evry (near Paris) became Troisdorf's first twin city way back in 1972!

Twinning arrangements with other cities followed on:

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The "Oldie" among Troisdorf's European friends

Both municipalities have cultivated this partnership since 1972. The two towns have one thing in common. With its 80,000 inhabitants, Evry lies at the entrance to a metropolis: Paris.

Like Troisdorf, our French friends also have an industrial past - and all the challenges that structural change brings with it.

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All good things come in threes

Three twinning agreements were signed in 1990. The friendship with the Belgian town of Genk was the first to be sealed in writing. Initial contacts were established through the Belgian forces stationed in Spich at the time.

Genk used to be a coal-mining city. Ford makes automobiles there today. Troisdorf also has something in common with Genk: Troisdorf was named "Industriestadt im Grünen" (green industrial city), whilst Genk was awarded the title of "Grüne Stadt" (green city) in 1969.

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Our partner in east Germany

1990: the wall had fallen, but things that belonged together had not grown together for a long time.

City partnerships can be helpful in this respect.

Just such an arrangement was drawn up with friends in Heidenau, Saxony, after the local elections in the GDR. The industrial city near Dresden has 20,000 inhabitants.

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Industry, plenty of greenery and rough seas

The quartet of twin cities was rounded off in 1990: along came Langbaurgh, now known as Redcar and Cleveland, in England.
Around 150,000 people live in the different cities and villages in the north of the English county of Cleveland, between York and Newcastle.
The scenery features rural idylls and the bleak North Sea, as well as the blast furnaces of the steel industry and chemical factories.


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Captivating Corfu

When Kerkyra became a twin city in 1996 it was the first non-industrial district to be chosen. The most northerly of the Ionian islands, Corfu has around 100,000 residents. 35,000 people live in the capital city of Kerkyra. The main sources of income are tourism and agriculture.

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Our partner in the Far East

In 1997, an agreement for economic and cultural cooperation was drawn up with the Chinese town of Nantong.

Nantong has a good infrastructure and has in the last ten years chalked up rates of economic growth significantly higher than the Chinese national average.

Key economic sectors include the electronics and textile industries, mechanical engineering and the chemical industry. Companies from more than 60 countries have already established bases in Nantong.

Nantong has more than 7 million inhabitants and lies in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, near the metropolis of Shanghai at the mouth of the Yellow River. The town and its environs thus belong to one of the most prosperous regions in China, an area of real interest to foreign companies.

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Our newest recruit

Troisdorf has been twinned with another city since November 2004: Özdere lies on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, in a bay of the Aegean Sea, 60 km south of the city of Izmir. Özdere, surrounded by historic sights such as Ephesos and Milet, is a little coastal city with around 10,000 residents in winter and 50,000 in summer (5,000 beds in 55 hotels). Tourism and fruit growing are the most important economic activities.

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First German city twinning in Kosovo

After the war in Kosovo, Troisdorf was the first local authority to set up a twinning arrangement with a municipality in Kosovo. A crucial factor was a thought-provoking remark made by the Troisdorf founder of the Cap Anamur aid agency, Dr. Rupert Neudeck, in inTRo in August 2000.

Mushtisht lies in the vicinity of Prizren and has approximately 6,000 inhabitants.