Edinburgh’s Twin Cities

3 03 2010

“Twinning” is defined as a cooperative agreement between towns, cities, or counties in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.

The city of Edinburgh has, since 1954, entered into 11 international twinning arrangements. Here’s a little more information about Edinburgh’s twins.

Dunedin (1974)

  • Settled by the UK 1848
  • Population: 123,000
  • Demonym: Dunedinites
  • Two of the founding fathers of plastic surgery, Harold Gillies and Archibald McIndoe were born in Dunedin in 1882 and 1900
  • The steepest street in the world is in Dunedin – Baldwin Street

Munich (1954)

  • Founded in 1158
  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Famous Residents have included Freddie Mercury and Adolf Hitler
  • Jeri Ryan, known for her role as Seven of Nine in the popular series Star Trek, was born in Munich, as was the singer of the popular song Mambo #5, Lou Bega.

Nice (1958)

  • Became a part of France in 1860
  • Population: higher than 347,000

Vancouver sunrise

Vancouver (1977)

  • Incorporated in 1886
  • Population: 600,000
  • Demonym: Vancouverite
  • The first city sitting at sea level to host the winter Olympics

Xi’an (1985)

  • Has more than 3,100 years of history
  • Pop: 2.67 million
  • Language: Mandarin and Xi’an Dialect

San Diego (1977)

  • Founded in 1769
  • Population: 1.2 million
  • Nickname: “America’s Finest City”

Segovia (1985)

  • Celtic name, most closely translated to “castle” or “fortress”
  • Population: 55,000
  • Demonym: Segoviano (m), Segoviana (f)

Kiev (1989)

  • Founded in the 5th Century
  • Pop: 2.8 million
  • One of the most ancient civilizations, the Trypillians, were settled 40km outside of Kiev, 7,000 years ago.


Aalborg (1991)

  • Official Birthday: 16 June, 1342
  • Population: 120,000
  • Demonym: Aalborggenser

Kyoto Prefecture (1994)

  • History of the city can be traced back as far as the 5th century
  • Population: over 2.64 million

Krakow (1995)

  • City Rights established 5 June, 1257
  • Population: 754,800
  • Demonym: Cracovian
  • Krakow is twinned with more than 30 other international cities

Words by Kim Hession

Photography courtesy of Wikipedia




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