On November 17, 2021, a working meeting of the interim head of Murmansk city Administration Valentina Dotsnik and representatives of the administration of the regional center with the delegation of the General Consulate of Sweden in St. Petersburg took place.
The main topics are the development of bilateral cooperation in the field of economy, culture, physical culture, education and youth policy, as well as the strengthening of friendly ties with the twin city of Luleå.
“Next year will mark 50 years since the signing of the agreement on twinning relations between the hero city of Murmansk and the Swedish municipality,” said Valentina Dotsnik. – During this time, we have managed to achieve significant results in terms of economic cooperation and the implementation of joint social and investment projects.
Further plans for international and intermunicipal cooperation include the implementation of joint activities aimed at developing the creative potential of children, interaction in the field of ecology, exchange of experience in working with youth, holding sports events and cultural festivals.
– This is my first visit to Murmansk. One of the main goals of the visit is to participate in the opening of the international festival "Bird Barents", – commented Jan Lundin, Consul General of Sweden in St. Petersburg. “In addition, we want to present to Russian readers the contemporary children"s literature from Sweden and hope to find Russian literature for our children.
Murmansk is actively developing international cooperation, including with twin cities. Sister-city ties were established and developed as a sign of mutual sympathy among city dwellers, as a symbol of their common destiny, as an example of relations between people connected by historical memory, respecting each other"s traditions and culture.
Today Murmansk has 11 sister cities from 10 countries of the world: Rovaniemi (Finland), Luleå (Sweden), Tromso and Vadso (Norway), Jacksonville (USA), Groningen (Netherlands), Szczecin (Poland), Akureyri (Iceland) , Alanya (Turkey), Minsk (Belarus), Harbin (China).