Networks and twin towns
The City of Espoo is an active participant in international networks. The networks offer platforms for sharing knowledge and experiences in order to improve the city’s services and the competence of its staff. Furthermore, these networks aim to influence important city-related decisions, for example in the EU, and to reinforce the role of local government.
In addition, the city’s employees are involved in other international networks, often focusing on a specific theme, whose activities increasingly take place online.
The City of Espoo maintains established friendships with sister cities from the Nordic countries, China, the United States and Hungary.
Since the Second World War, the establishment of sister city relations has been a traditional way of networking and communication between cities. As Europe has become more integrated and new city networks have been established, the significance of sister city activities has decreased.