Sister City Program
Seattle and its sister cities
The Seattle Sister Cities program opens doors to establishing lasting global friendships, partnerships and connections.
The City partners with 21 international communities, from Italy to Cameroon. These relationships bring together grassroots citizen groups and local governments to promote international understanding and goodwill. Out of the exchange of ideas and shared experiences, true friendships have developed. Each experience is living proof that language is no barrier to communication.
Not only do sister city links promote cultural understanding, they also facilitate global cooperation at the municipal level and stimulate economic development. The boost to trade and tourism has become an increasingly important outcome of the sister city program.
For more information on Seattle’s Sister Cities program:
Office of Intergovernmental Relations
600 Fourth Avenue, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 94746
Seattle, WA 98124-4746
The Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association: What's it all about?
International understanding: sometimes it's achieved suddenly through mass movements, mass media and the diplomacy of nation-states. On the other hand, sometimes it's achieved slowly, one person at time. The sister city program is about the slow way, the citizens of one city meeting the citizens of another. We learn about them and, by doing so, we learn about ourselves.
Read our story: Seattle and Perugia are two cities with great differences. Yes, they're both pleasantly seated on beautiful hills swathed in greenery, they both are the homes of great universities, but other than that, it's hard to see them as sisters of the same family. Perugia is so very old and Seattle is so very young. The Seattle-Perugia SCA is dedicated to the idea that Seattle and Perugia can learn from one another, their very differences serving as a rich source of new civic thinking. Then again, for all that is different between our two cites, there are nevertheless things we share; these we work to recognize so they may serve to bind our bits of Italy and the U.S. more closely. We support the pleasures of travel, the riches of culture and the opportunities presented by education, hoping to bring together the peoples of two great cities.