About Seattle Sister Cities
Seattle is proud to be a leader in promoting and developing sister city relationships with 21 international communities. Our program has a strong 60 year history of connecting Seattlites to the world and shaping Seattle's global image. Each of our 21 sister cities is organized by a separate sister city association, which is a 501(c)(3). Each nonprofit organizes programs, activities, and cultural exchanges with local Seattle members and friends around the world. Together the sister cities organize an annual reception to celebrate the culture of each sister city, their programs, and foster relationships within Seattle's international community.
Sister Cities International
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded Sister Cities International which, serves as the national membership organization for over 570 sister cities, counties, and states across the United States with relationships in 2,300 communities in 150 countries. This sister city network unites citizen diplomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote peace and understanding through programs and projects focusing on education, youth, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance. In 2016, Sister Cities International is celebrating its 60th anniversary.