The City of Espoo maintains established friendships with twin towns from the Nordic countries, Russia, China, the United States, Estonia and Hungary. Mutual understanding and cooperation is promoted through these friendships. City officials and citizens exchange ideas and explore other twin towns. Cultural and educational cooperation has been particularly important in Espoo’s twin town relations.
In 1998 Espoo and Shanghai signed a sister city agreement and a year later the first memorandum of understanding was signed. According to the current memorandum of understanding (2010-2015) Espoo and Shanghai work together particularly in the fields of science and technology, cooperation in higher education and exchange of best-practices.
Twin towns of Espoo: