Bremen's twin cities
Dalian is one of China's biggest seaports. Situated on Bohai Bay in the north-east of the country, the city has been twinned with Bremen since 1985. The economy of this metropolis, which is home to six million people, is driven by fishing and port industries, textiles, food processing and high-tech industry.
In 1985, framework agreements and memoranda of understanding on topics such as business, electric vehicle technology, wind power and education were signed. The partnership of the two cities focuses on mutual visits of delegations (especially trade and business delegations) as well as collaborations between universities and in areas such as aerospace technology and satellite construction, electric-powered transport, wind power, logistics, the automotive sector, healthcare industries, the hospital sector and geriatrics. Key contributors include the Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports and the Senator for Healthcare of Bremen's federal state government, Bremeninvest, Bremen's Chamber of Commerce, Bremen's various universities, the Confucius Institute Bremen, Airbus Defence & Space (formerly EADS Astrium) and China Dialog.
More information on Dalian: http://en.visitdl.com/Web/
The port city of Gdansk in the north of Poland has been twinned with Bremen since 1976. Like Bremen, Gdansk looks back on a long history of membership in the Hanseatic League and is a hub for maritime industries.
The partnership between these two cities was the first between a western German and a Polish city after the end of the Second World War. The cooperation focuses on mutual visits of representatives, citizens' trips, cultural activities (exhibitions, concerts, etc.), scouts meetings, youth exchanges, sports, social projects and collaborations between universities. Key contributors are the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland, Bremen's German-Polish Society, Bremen's various universities, the Workers' Welfare Association in Bremen and the Bremen German Red Cross organisation.
More information on Gdansk: http://visitgdansk.com/en/
Bremen and Durban have been twin cities since 2011. In the 1980s, the anti-apartheid movement and the Evangelical Church of Bremen campaigned for democratic change. The Bremen-Durban partnership society was founded in November 1999. From its origin in the church communities, the cooperation between the two cities gradually expanded to encompass a range of areas such as sports, science, culture, environmental issues, economics and education. In 2003, the first memorandum of understanding on the cities' partnership was agreed and the official framework agreement was signed in 2011. The relationship focuses on development cooperation in the following areas: decentralised water supply and sustainable water management, the provision of mutual advice and exchange of expertise in the context of a development partnership for the protection of the environment and natural resources, placements of volunteers via the 'weltwärts' development volunteer service, the ASA work and study programme and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in positions at the municipal authorities of Durban and the WhizzKids charity, Durban Green Corridor (development through sports activities and environmental protection), Tourism Master Plan for KwaXimba, youth and sports exchanges and intercultural exchanges.
Key contributors include the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of South Africa, the Bremen-Durban partnership society, the 'forum Kirche' institution of the Evangelical Church of Bremen, Bremen University of Applied Sciences, the Sportgarten sports charity and the Department for European Affairs and Development Cooperation working on behalf of the Representative of the Free Hanseatic city of Bremen for Federal and European Affairs.
More information on Durban: http://www.durbanexperience.co.za
The city of Haifa is situated on the Mediterranean coast in the north of Israel. It has the country's biggest port and became Bremen's official twin city in 1988. But more than a decade earlier, in 1976, Bremen had become a partner in the creation of the Haifa Arts Foundation, which offers young people from all backgrounds (Jewish, Arab, Druze, etc.) an opportunity to express themselves artistically. Today, the partnership between the two cities manifests itself in the collaborations between universities, citizens' trips to Haifa, regular mutual visits of the two cities' representatives, regular school exchanges, cultural activities (exhibitions, music, readings by authors, etc.), sports and the exchange of knowledge on specialist topics such as waste disposal and waste water management.
Since the 1980s, Bremen has also been maintaining friendly relations with Tamra, an Arab city in the vicinity of Haifa, and in 1993, a treaty of friendship was concluded between the local council committee for the district of Hemelingen in Bremen and the municipal council of Tamra.
More information on Haifa: http://www.visit-haifa.org/eng/
Izmir is Turkey's third-largest city and second-largest port. Historically known as Smyrna, the city lies on the Gulf of Izmir, not far from Ephesus, on the Aegean coast in the west of Turkey. On 8 March 1995, Izmir and Bremen signed a framework agreement for a partnership between the two cities, which focuses on economic relations, collaborations between their universities, cultural relations, youth exchanges, citizens' trips, social projects and sports. Key contributors include the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Turkey, the Bremen-Izmir city partnership association, the German-Turkish Society, the University of Bremen, the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremeninvest, Bremen's Chamber of Commerce and the Landessportbund Bremen sports charity.
More information on Izmir: http://www.visitizmir.org/en
Latvia's capital lies on the banks of the river Daugava, close to the Bay of Riga on the Baltic coast, and has been a twin city of Bremen since 1985. But many centuries earlier, in 1201, Riga was actually founded by a citizen of Bremen, Bishop Albert.
The partnership focuses on cultural exchanges, concerts, exhibitions, literary projects, sports activities, collaborations between universities, libraries, cooperation in areas such as humanitarian aid and social projects, and partnerships between church communities and schools.
Among the many key contributors are the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Latvia, the Infobalt and Bürgerhaus Mahndorf charities, Bremen's various universities, the municipal gallery and municipal library of Bremen and Bremen's police force.
More information on Riga: https://www.liveriga.com/en/