Sister Cities and States

Minnesota's sister relationships with other states and cities around the world help create and reinforce cultural ties, build important educational and political bridges, and pave the way for mutually beneficial business investment.

Sister-State Relationships

Minnesota has two active sister-state relationships.

Shaanxi Province, China
The Minnesota-Shaanxi relationship, which was established in 1983, is actively managed by the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association of Minnesota .

State of Haryana, India
Minnesota’s agreement with Haryana was forged in 2007. The relationship is managed by the Minnesota Trade Office. Contact Tim Odegard at 651-259-7491 or email

Sister-City Relationships

Many Minnesota cities maintain sister-city relationships with cities around the world.  Sister-city relationships are managed by individual cities rather than by the state.  Sister-cities for some of Minnesota’s largest cities are provided below. Contact your city for a current list or visit Sister-Cities International for information.


  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Eldoret, Kenya
  • Harbin, China
  • Ibaraki City, Japan
  • Kuopio, Finland
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Tours, France
  • Uppsala, Sweden
  • Najaf, Iraq

Saint Paul

  • Changsha, China
  • Cuidad Romero, El Salvador
  • Culiacán, Mexico
  • Manzanillo, Mexico
  • Tiberias, Israel
  • Lawaaikamp, South Africa
  • Nagasaki, Japan
  • Neuss, Germany
  • Novosibirsk, Russia


  • Moosburg, Germany
  • Xianyang , Shaanxi, China
  • Shiheung City, South Korea
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Akita, Japan (Project City)


  • Thunder Bay, Canada
  • Ohara/Isumi City, Japan
  • Petrozavodsk, Russia
  • Vaxjo, Sweden


  • Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Columbia Heights

  • Lomianki, Poland

Elbow Lake

  • Flekkefjord, Norway

Fergus Falls

  • Nordhordland Region, Norway


  • Waldsrode, Germany


  • Buhl, Germany
  • Legden, Germany


  • Druskininkai, Lithuania
  • Vimmerby, Sweden

New Ulm

  • Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • Ulm, Germany


  • Paynesville, Liberia

Red Wing

  • Ikata, Japan
  • Kongsberg, Norway
  • Qyizhou, China

Saint Peter

  • Petatlan, Mexico


  • Einhausen, Germany

St. Anthony

  • Salo, Finland


  • Bytow, Poland
  • Misato, Japan


  • Crailsheim, Germany