People and communities

York twin towns

'Twinning' links similar communities in different countries to help us share knowledge about our way of life, discuss mutual problems, form cultural and social links, and develop friendships.

York has been twinned with:

  • Dijon in the Burgundy region of France, since 1953
  • Münster in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, since 1957
  • Nanjing in China, since 2016
  • Jorvik, the 10th century viking settlement and historical predecessor of York, England, 'temporal twinning' since October 2014

History of town twinning

Twinning began after World War II as a way of establishing links between communities of former enemy countries.

Since then, villages and towns across Europe have established twinning links with the aim of developing mutual understanding and cross-cultural awareness between people from different countries.

York's relationships with its twin towns

York has regular contact with its twin towns:

  • our town twinning organisation meets bi-monthly at West Offices
  • the current mayor and former mayors, along with members of our town twinning organisation, visited Münster for the 60-year anniversary celebrations in 2017
  • some financial assistance was provided by our twin towns following the York floods in 2015
  • York's connections with Münster are part of a digital memory book
  • York-Münster Twinning Association provides opportunities to develop mutual understanding and appreciation through exchanges, events and exhibitions
  • check out York-Münster Twinning Association's Facebook page

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