Did you know that Flint has four "sister cities" around the globe?

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Have you seen this sign in town and wondered what it actually means? Me too so I did some digging and found some interesting results. Flint, Michigan actually has four sister cities around the world.

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What are "sister cities?"

A sister city, sometimes known as a twin town, is a partnership between two towns, cities, provinces, or sometimes even countries. The partnership is a form of legal or social agreement between two geographically and politically distinct localities for the purpose of promoting cultural and commercial ties.

The relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected official from both parties sign off a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which signifies the two cities’ commitment to working together for a better future. Alternatively, they will also sign a friendship agreement, which is less committal and instead purely symbolic and social...according to trueeducationpartnerships.com

What are the sister cities of Flint, MI?

Flint actually has four sister cities throughout the world. They are:

  • Changchun, Jilin Province in China
  • Hamilton, Ontario in Canada
  • Kielce, Swietokrzysie Viovodeship in Poland
  • Togliatti, Samara Oblast in Russia
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Does Michigan have a sister state?

Yes. The State of Michigan has three sister regions around the world. They are:

  • Groningen, Groningen Province in Netherlands
  • Shiga Prefecture in Japan
  • Sichuan Province in China

Throughout the State of Michigan, 55 different cities and towns have sister cities across the world. Detroit has eight sister cities including Dubai. Lansing has eight as well. Even Frankenmuth has a sister city, which is to no surprise Gunzenhausen, Bavaria in Germany.

To see all the sister cities of Michigan, click here.

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