Seattle sister cities – an overview

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Background

In 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower started Sister Cities International as part of a White House conference on citizen diplomacy. The broad idea behind developing sister city relationships is to create a person-to-person exchange between Americans and citizens of other countries based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Americans can and should learn about and celebrate differences that we have with communities around the world, thus creating new friendships and hopefully playing a small role in making future world conflict less likely. This article will focus on Seattle sister cities.

Today, there are 21 Seattle sister cities, the first of which was started in 1957 with Kobe, Japan and the most recent started in 1999 with Sihahoukville, Cambodia. Seattle also broke new ground when they started a sister city relationship in 1973 with Tashkent, Uzbekistan, then a member of the former USSR. The relationship between the two cities is still active today.

For more information about Seattle sister cities, see the Seattle Sister Cities portal of the Seattle.gov website. For more information about the sister cities program on a more macro level, see the Sister Cities International official website.

Seattle sister cities

Below is a list, in alphabetical order, of Seattle’s 21 sister cities, when the sister city relationship was formed and weblinks (if available).

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