Washington Sister Cities

Washington’s Sister Cities Relationships

Washington state’s cities, ports, chambers of commerce, schools and other organizations have developed sister relationships with their counterparts in other countries. There are more than 60 Sister City relationships with nations around the world. More information on these relationships is available from the relevant city or county office. The state of Washington has sister state relationships with Hyogo Prefecture in Japan, the State of Jalisco in Mexico, and Jeollabuk-do Province in the Republic of Korea.  The state also has friendship agreements with the Sichuan Province in China and the Pangasinan Province in the Philippines.  Bainbridge Island and the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua have a unique “sister island” relationship.

These Sister Relationships can provide a valuable starting point for companies seeking to develop trade and business contacts. Many of the Sister Relationships also encourage closer ties through cultural, educational and other programs. Regions with Sister Relationships. The information below is updated in association with Sister Cities International, which has a specific Washington section on its web site that includes local organizations. Updates for the list below may be sent to Barbara Sanchez, state coordinator, at snabblady@msn.com.

Anacortes: ** Kisakata, Japan
Lomonosov, Russia
Sidney, B.C., Canada
Vela Luka, Croatia (shared with FridayHarbor)
Auburn: ** Tamba, Japan (shared with Kent)
Guangshan, China
Mola di Bari, Italy
Pyeong Chang, Korea
Bellevue: ** Hualien, Taiwan
Kladno, Czech Republic
Liepaja, Latvia
Yao, Japan
Bellingham:** Cheongju, Korea
Nakhodka, Russia
Port Stephens, Australia
Punta Arenas, Chile
Tateyama, Japan
Vaasa, Finland
 Tsetserleg, Mongolia
Bremerton: Kure, Japan
Camas: ** Hamamatsu, Japan
Krapkowice, Poland
Morawice, Poland
Taki-cho, Japan
Zabierzow, Poland
Chehalis: Inasa, Japan
Chelan Kato, Japan
Covington Tatsuno, Japan
Des Moines Changle City, China
DuPont: Qionghai City, China
Edmonds: Hekinan, Japan
Ephrata: Gunpo City, South Korea (shared with Grant County)
Everett: Iwakuni, Japan
Sligo, Ireland
Sovetskaya Gavan, Russia
Federal Way:  Donghae, Korea
Hachinohe, Japan
Ferndale: Minamiboso, Japan
Friday Harbor: Tserchelling, Netherlands
Vela Luka, Croatia (shared with Anacortes)
Grant County: Gunpo City, South Korea (shared with Ephrata)
Issaquah: Chefchaouen, Morocco
Sunndal, Norway
Kelso: Kelso, Scotland
Makinohara, Japan
Kent:  El Grullo, Mexico
Sunnfjord, Norway
Tamba, Japan (shared with Auburn)
Yangzhou, China
Kirkland:    Emmerich, Germany
Kittitas County: Sanda, Japan
Lacey:       MinskMazowieki, Poland
LaConner: Olga, Russia
Lakewood:** Bauang, Philippines
Okinawa City, Japan
Friendship Cities:*** Danzhou, China
Gimhae, Korea
Longview: Wako City, Japan
Lynden:  Langley, B.C., Canada
 
Lynnwood Damyang, South Korea
Mercer Island: Thonon les Bains, France
Moses Lake: Yonezawa, Japan
Mount Vernon Chilliwack, B.C;
Okanogan: Kagoshima, Japan
Olympia: Kato, Japan
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Omak:   Summerland, B.C., Canada
Othello:  Wulensi, Ghana
Port Angeles: Mutsu Shi, Japan
Port Townsend: Ichikawa, Japan
Prosser Vani Municipality, Republic of Georgia
Van Municipality, Georgia
Pullman:    Kasai, Japan
Renton: Cuautla, Mexico
Nishiwaki, Japan
Richland:  Hsinchu, Taiwan
Seattle:**    Beer Sheva, Israel
Bergen, Norway
Cebu, Philippines
Chongqing, China
Christchurch, New Zealand
Daejon, Korea
Galway, Ireland
Gdynia, Poland
Haiphong, Viet Nam
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Kobe, Japan
Limbe, Cameroon
Mazatlan, Mexico
Mombasa, Kenya
Nantes, France
Pecs, Hungary
Perugia, Italy
Reykjavic, Iceland
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Surabaya, Indonesia
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Sequim: Shiso, Japan
Shelton:   Sanya, Taiwan
Talsi, Latvia
Shoreline: Boryeong, Korea
Snoqualmie:**   Gangjin, Korea
Chaclacayo, Peru
Spokane:**  Chechon, Korea
Jilin, China
Limerick, Ireland
Nishinomiya, Japan
San Luis Petosi, Italy
Tacoma:**  Alesund, Norway
Cienfuegos, Cuba
Davao, Philippines
El Jadida, Morocco
Fuzhou, China
George, South Africa
Gunsan, Korea
Kiryat Motzkin, Israel
Kitakyushu, Japan
Taichung, Taiwan
Vladivostok, Russia
Biot, France
***Friendship Cities: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mianyang, China
Tukwila: Miyoshi, Japan
Tumwater: Mubende, Uganda
University Place: Jiangyou, China
Karsiyaka, Turkey
Vancouver:    Joyo, Japan
Walla Walla:      Sasayama, Japan
Wenatchee:**        Kuroishi, Japan
  Misawa, Japan
East Wenatchee:  Misawa, Japan
Yakima: Itayanagi, Japan
Morelia, Mexico

** Member of Sister Cities International in 2016

***Friendship Cities are also part of Sister Cities International, but are only required to participate in at least one exchange annually, and are typically Mayor-to-Mayor, Executive-to-Executive, or Governor-to-Governor relationships, with no required approval from a legislative body. 

 

For More Information: Burton E. Bard Jr. Washington Coordinator Sister Cities International (206) 364-1469