International Connections

The City of Minneapolis recognizes "sister city" friendships with 11 cities abroad. These relationships are supported and implemented by citizen groups here in Minneapolis whose members organize exchanges and other activities. They have also been accredited by Sister Cities, International, in Washington D.C.

Cuernavaca, Mexico
Sister city since 2008
Sponsor organization: Minneapolis Cuernavaca Friendship Committee

Eldoret, Kenya
Sister city since 2000
Sponsor organization: International Leadership Institute, Eldoret Forum

Harbin, China
Sister city since 1992
Sponsor organization: US-China People's Friendship Association of Minnesota, Minneapolis Harbin Sister City Committee

Ibaraki City, Japan
Sister city since 1980
Sponsor organization: Minneapolis Ibaraki Sister City Association

Kuopio, Finland
Sister city since 1973
Sponsor organization: Minneapolis Kuopio Sister City Committee

Najaf, Iraq 
Sister city since 2009
Sponsor organization: Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

Novosibirsk, Russia
Sister city since 1988

Santiago, Chile
Sister city since 1961
Sponsor organization: Club Chileno de Minnesota

Tours, France
Sister city since 1991
Sponsor organization: Minneapolis Tours Sister City Association

Uppsala, Sweden
Sister city since 2000
Sponsor organization: The American Swedish Institute,
Minneapolis Uppsala Friendship Committee

Winnipeg, Canada
Sister city since 1973

The City also maintains informal connections with Hiroshima, Japan.

Hiroshima, Japan
Location: Southern Japan
Purpose: Support for Hiroshima's anti-nuclear weapons work and other peace work; support for the Lyndale Park Peace Garden
Sponsor organization: Minneapolis-Hiroshima Friendship Cities, Inc.

Last updated Jan. 31, 2014