Dundee's Twins Around the World

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“We are enthusiastic supporters of twinning in Dundee because of the positive way it fosters relationships and encourages collaborative projects,” says Lord Provost Ian Borthwick.

“It’s been well over 70 years since we were first twinned with Orléans and we actively encourage people to visit our twin cities to this day.

“Dundee prides itself on being a cultural city and twinning reinforces that. It is promoted in our schools and we help to arrange exchange trips for pupils.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome visitors from our twin cities and I extend an open invitation for them to discover Dundee.”

The main aims of twinning are:

  • to promote the fostering of friendship and understanding.
  • to encourage visits by individuals and groups between the cities, developing personal contacts thus broadening understanding of cultural, educational, recreational and commercial activities between the cities.
  • to promote and encourage twinning projects between the twin cities and organise fund raising to foster these aims.

The first twinning link was in 1946 when Dundee twinned with Orléans in France and links with Würzburg, Alexander and Nablus followed. In 1993 the then Lord Provost of Dundee, Tom McDonald, invited interested parties to meetings in the City of set up individual Associations to promote these aims.