Coventry, United Kingdom, was the first ever city to ‘twin’ with another city - Stalingrad, Soviet Union, now Volgograd, Russia, and hence began the modern practice of twinning. After WW2 twinning helped European people understand each other and to promote peace. An example is Coventry twinning with Dresden as an act of peace & reconciliation. Since 1989 the European Union has had a support scheme for town twinning. In 2003 an annual budget of €12 million was given to about 1300 projects (source wikipedia)

     •       Arnhem, Netherlands (1958)

     •       Belgrade, Serbia (1957)

     •       Bologna, Italy (1960)

     •       Caen, France (1946 unofficially, then 1957)

     •       Cork, Ireland (1958)

     •       Cornwall, Canada (1972)

     •       Coventry, Connecticut, USA (1962)

     •       Coventry, New York State, USA (1972)

     •       Coventry, Rhode Island, USA (1971)

     •       Dresden, Germany (1959)

     •       Dunaujvaros, Hungary (1962)

     •       Galati, Romania (1962)

     •       Granby, Canada (1963)

     •       Graz, Austria (unofficially 1944, then 1957)

     •       Jinan, China (1983)

     •       Kecskemet, Hungary (1962)

     •       Kiel, Germany (1947)

     •       Kingston, Jamaica (1962)

     •       Lidice, Czech Republic (1947)

     •       Ostrava, Czech Republic (1959)

     •       Parkes, New South Wales, Australia (1956)

     •       Saint-Etienne, France (1955)

     •       Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (1957)

     •       Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, Russia (1944)

     •       Warsaw, Poland (1957)

     •       Windsor, Ontario, Canada (1963)

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COVENTRY'S TWINNED CITIES