Northern Lights Cruise: Norwegian journey high above the Arctic Circle
SAS discontinues flights from Seattle, Icelandair starts up
Rick Steves top European destinations
- No more McDonald’s in Iceland; three Reykjavik area restaurants close
While reading about the recent royal wedding in Stockholm, Sweden between Crown Princess Victoria and commoner Daniel Westling, I wondered if Stockholm was one of Seattle’s Sister Cities.
It’s not, but 21 other cities around the world are part of the Seattle Sister Cities program.
Here’s an explanation from their website via the Seattle Office of Intergovernmental Relations:
In 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower created the people-to-people exchange program between Americans and citizens of other countries. President Eisenhower’s intention was to involve people and organized groups at all levels of society in personal citizen diplomacy with the hope that people-to-people relationships, fostered through sister city affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. Seattle is proud to have been one of the innovators in promoting and developing sister city relationships. In 1957 Seattle and Kobe, Japan, formed one of the first sister city relationships. Seattle and Tashkent, Uzbekistan (former USSR) also embarked on uncharted waters when they established the first U.S.-Soviet sister city affiliation in 1973.
Here are the 21 Seattle Sister Cities:
- Beer Sheva, Israel est. 1977
- Bergen, Norway est. 1967
- Cebu, Philippines est. 1991
- Chongqing, China est. 1983
- Christchurch, New Zealand est. 1981
- Daejeon, Korea est. 1989
- Galway, Ireland est. 1986
- Gdynia, Poland est. 1993
- Haiphong, Vietnam est. 1996
- Kaohsiung, Taiwan est. 1991
- Kobe, Japan est. 1957
- Limbe, Cameroon est. 1984
- Mazatlán, Mexico est. 1979
- Mombasa, Kenya est. 1981
- Nantes, France est. 1980
- Pécs, Hungary est. 1991
- Perugia, Italy est. 1991
- Reykjavik, Iceland est. 1986
- Sihanoukville, Cambodia est. 1999
- Surabaya, Indonesia est. 1992
- Tashkent, Uzbekistan est. 1973
According to the list, Kobe, Japan was the first city selected in 1957 and the last one was Sihanoukville, Cambodia in 1999. Maybe it’s time to add another city?