Sister Cities of Durham

The City of Durham has five sister cities around the globe:


  1. Arusha, Tanzania
  2. Durham, United Kingdom
  3. Kostroma, Russia
  4. Toyama, Japan
  5. Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, China
  6. Celaya, Mexico
  7. Kavala, Greece
  8. Sibiu, Romania
  9. Tilaran, Costa Rica

The city also has two friendship cities:


  1. Kunshan, China
  2. Xianning, China

Activities and Events


Activities and events for our sister cities are handled through the non-profit organization, Sister Cities of Durham, Inc.

  • Sister Cities of Durham promotes international friendship, intercultural understanding, and economic development with exchange programs in the areas of Education, the Arts, Medicine, Local Government, Business, and Environment.  
  • The major program is the Annual Festival of Nations the second Saturday of October featuring international groups of the Durham area.
Email Sister Cities of Durham for more information.