FAQ

What is a Sister City?


At the core of any sister city relationship is an agreement, signed by the Mayors of each city, reflecting their mutual commitment to building bridges between governments, businesses and individuals. Today, through formal Sister City affiliations, governed by Sister Cities International, 2,400 Sister Cities relationships are bringing citizens together.

How did the Sister City movement come to be?


In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the People-to-People idea. His intention was to involve individuals and organized groups at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with hope that personal relationships, fostered through city, county and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. Recognizing the importance of involving all citizens in world diplomacy, he called upon the nation's cities as the centers of opportunity, expression and economic growth, to unite with communities around the world in building a solid structure of world peace.

What are Louisville's Sister Cities?

Take a tour of Louisville's nine Sister Cities to learn more about how Louisville interacts with our global neighbors!


How are cities chosen to be Sister Cities?


Each of our nine sister cities have a unique origin story; some of them were established by individuals with strong ties in a Sister City or others by large immigrant communities interested in maintaining ties and strengthening the City’s relationship with their home country.

Can I recommend a city to be a Sister City?


Yes! We would love to hear your recommendation. We do have a formal application process, which does not guarantee that your city will be chosen as a Sister City, but we will work with you on the application and evaluate your city based on your proposal. For more information, please download our application instructions and application.

Can I recommend a city to be a Sister City?


Yes! We would love to hear your recommendation. We do have a formal application process, which does not guarantee that your city will be chosen as a Sister City, but we will work with you on the application and evaluate your city based on your proposal. For more information, please download our application instructions and application.