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Town Twinning of Kainuu Municipalities

Town twinning is the oldest form of international cooperation for the Finnish municipalities. The municipalities of Kainuu have established twinning connections for example to Russia and Europe.

Town twinning of Kainuu Municipalities

Town twinning is the oldest form of international cooperation for the Finnish municipalities, offering a network for the international cooperation of municipalities and individual citizens. The municipalities of Kainuu have established twinning connections for example to Russia and Europe.

Twin towns or sister cities are a form of legal and social agreement between geographically and politically distinct areas. Within Europe, an important number of municipalities are linked to each other through a formal town twinning agreement. Such partnership aims at encouraging cooperation between the towns and mutual understanding between their citizens. Town twinning represents a unique and dense network and therefore has a specific role to play with regard to the challenges of today’s Europe. Town twinning is supported by the European Union.

Finnish local authorities are engaged in twinning activities with nearly 1400 twin towns in more than 45 countries. Most of these links are with the Nordic and other neighbouring countries in Europe, but also on other continents. You’ll find the twin towns of Kainuu municipalities below.

More information of funding opportunities: Europe for Citizens Programme 2014-2020

Hyrynsalmi

Olonets, Russia (since 1989)
Odintsovo (Moskovskaja oblast), Russia (since 1989)

Kajaani

Rostov-on-Don, Russia (since 1956)
Jiujiang, People's Republic of China (since 2006)
Marquette, USA (since 1997)
Nyíregyháza, Hungary (since 1981)
Schwalm-Eder-Kreis, Germany (since 1973)
Östersund, Sweden (since 1943)

Kuhmo

Kitakyushu, Japan
Kostomuksha, Russia (since 1986)
Oroszlány, Hungary (since 1981)
Robertsfors, Sweden (since 1942)
Šaľa, Slovakia (since 1997)

Paltamo

Lycksele, Sweden (since 1970)
Pitkyaranta, Russia (since 1989)

Puolanka

Olonets, Russia (since 1989)
Bardu, Norway (since 1983)

Ristijärvi

Olonets, Russia (since 1989)

Sotkamo

Isny, Germany (since 1998)
Medvezhyegorsk, Russia (since 1989)

Suomussalmi

Enschede, Netherlands (since 1988)
Kalevalsky District, Russia (since 1989)
Nordmaling, Sweden (since 1942)