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International partnerships


Our International Relations Team works with partners across the world to deliver projects which help prepare us all to meet the challenges of a fast-changing and global society.

 Our partnerships help to deliver our priorities of:

  • developing skills and raising aspirations
  • engaging young people in purposeful out of school activity
  • maximising benefits of membership of the European Union
  • promoting community cohesion initiatives and developing community-led programmes
  • supporting international cultural and sporting ambitions

We are fortunate to have a network of twinned communities across the globe.

  • 1953 - Kreis Wesel, Germany
  • 1965 - Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • 1968 - Kostroma, Russia
  • 1969 - Tübingen, Germany
  • 1970 - Nakskov (now part of Lolland County, Lolland Kommune), Denmark.
  • 1980 - Somme, France
  • 1994 - Alcalá De Guadaira, Spain
  • 1998 - Durham County USA, North Carolina USA
  • 2001 - Jasz Nagykun Szolnok, Hungary

Former district and borough council links with partner communities are also supported by the county council.

  • Bad Oeynhausen - Wear Valley
  • Baesweiler - Easington
  • Kamp Lintfort, Germany - Chester le Street
  • Rheinhausen, Germany - Sedgefield
  • Werdohl - Derwentside
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