Sister City since 1993
Seattle and Gdynia formalized their friendship in a sister city agreement in 1993. Before that, many activities demonstrated their strong relationship, including the Polish Film Festival in Seattle, hosting six Gdynia high school students, and sending gifts to Gdynia orphanages. The Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association are active at the Polish Festival Seattle, host an annual picnic, and sponsor students from Gdynia to visit and study in Washington.
Gdynia is one of Poland's youngest, most dynamic cities with a population of nearly 260,000. Located on Gdansk Bay, it is a major Baltic seaport and Poland's "window to the world." Gdynia was a fishing settlement and now is the center of deep-sea fishing and shipbuilding. Gdynia is home to the Polish Navy and many renowned maritime institutes. Gdynia is part of a larger metropolitan area called the Tricity with Gdansk, a medieval port city, and the spa town of Sopot.
Sister City Association:
Sebastian Niziol, President
Councilmember Rob Johnson