Distant Relatives

Guten tag from Bad Königshofen, Germany, and 24 other DFW suburb sister cities.


In October, executives from Ivanovo, Russia, traveled 5,326 miles to Plano to share business strategies. What’s behind the unlikely pairing? The towns are sister cities. So what exactly is a sister city, you ask? In 1956, President Eisenhower proposed a diplomatic initiative that eventually spawned Sister Cities International, a nonprofit focused on promoting cultural understanding and stimulating economic development. Cities can be assigned siblings or find their own—like Arlington and Bad Königshofen, Germany, whose town leaders bonded after a chance meeting back in 1951. The unions can then lead to cultural, educational, or business exchanges. Below, a sample of Dallas-area suburbs and their foreign family members.

San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo León, Mexico
Madaba, Jordan

Farmers Branch
Bassetlaw District, England, UK
Garbsen, Niedersachsen, Germany
Schönebeck, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

Brampton, Ontario, Canada      
Ivanovo, Ivanovskaya, Russia    
San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo León, Mexico  
Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia  
Hsinchu, Taiwan, China

Merton, England
Espoo, Finland
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Marino, Lazio, Italy
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Darkhan, Darkhan-Uul Mongolia

Tome, Miyagi, Japan
El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico

Savigliano, Cuneo, Italy

Highland Park      
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Triggiano, Bari, Puglia, Italy

Parras, Coahuila, Mexico
Krems, Austria

Bad Königshofen, Germany




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