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 Lori Ann Reinhall, Sister Cities International State Representative at wasistercities@gmail.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: Minsk Mazowieki, 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