Twin towns

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:
Esztergom, Hungary
Gatchina, Russia
Irving, USA
Kongsberg, Norway
Kristianstad, Sweden
Køge, Denmark
Nõmme, Estonia
Shanghai, China
Skagafjörður, Iceland
Sochi, Russia

Collaboration between Espoo and Shanghai expands into innovations and corporate cooperation 2014-12-03
The twinned cities of Espoo and Shanghai are to expand their collaboration into innovations and prerequisites for business activities. The cities initiated talks to create a shared innovation network and to jointly support business activities. Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo, met his counterpart YANG Xiongin, Mayor of Shanghai, on Friday 28 November 2014 in Shanghai.
Espoo’s relationship with Shanghai opens doors for Finnish businesses 2014-09-05
The City of Espoo continues to build ever stronger relations with the City of Shanghai. Espoo wants to use its relationship with Shanghai to open up opportunities for Finnish businesses in the Chinese market. Mayor Jukka Mäkelä is planning a visit to Shanghai towards the end of November to support Finnish businesses that are seeking to establish themselves in China. Mr Mäkelä will be accompanied by a delegation of public servants, city councillors and representatives of businesses.


  • Espoo’s Nordic Twin Town network met in Skagafjörður in Iceland on 1-2 June 2016. During the two conference days, the participants discussed innovations in education, immigration and integration as well as collaboration between the cities’ youth.
  • Kaitaa upper secondary school students welcomed a group of visitors from their twin school in China on Tuesday 18th of August. The guests were 8 students and 3 teachers from the Shanghai Gonglu Public Secondary School.
  • A Nordic twin town meeting for the youth was arranged in Espoo 14 – 19 May 2015. The youngsters from Espoo and its Nordic twin towns met in Siikaranta, Espoo, to get acquainted with each other’s cultures and learn more about local politics in each town and how the youth can influence local matters.
  • Espoo’s Nordic Twin Towns gather in Kristianstad in Sweden during 24 – 27 of June. The theme for the meeting is the EU Water Framework Directive. Also healthy aging and the youth’s possibilities to influence are being discussed.
Published 2012-12-21 14:17 , updated 2016-04-18 8:56