Nancy is twinned with 8 cities around the world:
Newcastle, Liège, Karlsruhe, Padua, Kanazawa, Qiryat-Shemona, Lublin, Cincinnati.

Our twinning relationships with cities in eight countries, established between 1954 and 1991, are all very active. They create opportunities to actively promote the city of Nancy abroad, as well as bring people and cultures together through the creation of close, sustainable links. They take the form of bilateral visits, numerous cultural, social, economic and political exchanges and a wide variety of co-operation programmes.

Activities are also periodically arranged with the town of Krasnodar in Russia. We are currently exploring the possibility of twinning with a town in China.

Introduction to our twinned cities

  • Newcastle (United Kingdom, twinned since 1954) – regional capital of the North-East of England, a green, sustainable and human city; Newcastle celebrated its 60-year relationship with Nancy in December 2014.
  • Liège (Belgium, 1954) – Wallonia's main tourist city and cultural capital, Liège is a French-speaking city and boasts many treasures worth exploring; Liège celebrated its 60-year relationship with Nancy in December 2014.
  • Karlsruhe (Germany, 1955) – a scientific and university city, enjoying worldwide renown in the areas of IT, chemistry and engineering. Karlsruhe celebrated its 300th anniversary and its 60-year relationship with Nancy in December 2015.
  • Padua (Italy, 1964) – a university city and place of pilgrimage to St. Anthony. Padua is 40km from Venice and is an artistic city boasting the Scrovegni Chapel, the Botanical Gardens (the oldest in Europe) and the famous Prato della Valle square;  celebrated its 50-year relationship with Nancy in December 2014.
  • Kanazawa (Japan, 1973) – 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo by Shinkansen bullet train, Kanazawa is a golden city and hub of artisan and artistic excellence. It has a rich cultural, culinary, natural and landscaped heritage o-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Introduction to our twinned cities.
  • Qiryat Shmona (Israel, 1984) - the capital of Upper Galilee, Qiryat Shemona is set on the side of the hill, amid picturesque views.
  • Lublin (Poland, 1988) – a university city with almost 100,000 students, Lublin is highly creative, well known for its culture and artistic craftsmanship. Lublin will celebrate its 700th anniversary in 2017.
  • Cincinnati (United States, 1991) - located in the south of Ohio, Cincinnati is an industrial centre and an university city with a renowned music and dance conservatory .

In-depth presentation of each city


The regional capital of the north-east of England is located on the east coast, 300km north of London. Nowadays Newcastle is a major road and rail hub with a population of more than 273,000 people.

The six bridges spanning the river Tyne are a vital part of its identity. The recently rebuilt centre is in the Neoclassical style dating back to the industrial revolution of the 19th-century. It is dominated by the silhouette of its famous St. James' Park stadium, the home of Newcastle United Football Club. It is a city of art and culture and boasts numerous different museums, including the Museum of Antiquities, the Discovery Museum and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art which opened in 2002 on a former industrial site. There are several major annual events on themes such as science, jazz music, street theatre and business. The university city of Newcastle is the cheapest place to live in England, and one of the liveliest due to the high proportion of students among its population..


Liège  situated in the Wallonia region, is Belgium's third largest city with almost 195,000 inhabitants.

It is the third largest river port in Europe and an important hub on the European motorway and high-speed train network. Liège is the economic and cultural capital of Wallonia.

As it settles into the current millennium, the city is seeking to renew links with its rich, prestigious past by once again becoming a must-visit destination at the heart of the European Union. To this end, it has nurtured businesses and science parks working in cutting edge areas such as the aerospace, IT, biotechnology and agro-food industries as well as the management of water resources. Liège is a banking and financial centre, with more than 6,000 businesses and the headquarters of several economic institutions of the Walloon region. The city is also renowned for its wonderful architectural heritage (the Palais des Princes-Evêques, is the largest civil Gothic building in the world), not to mention cultural attractions such as its numerous museums.


Karlsruhe  on the right bank of the Rhine valley, in the state of Bade-Württemberg, has a population of around 291,000 people. 220km from Nancy, the city is served by three motorways, has a regional airport and is on the high-speed train route from Paris.

Karlsruhe is reputed to have the mildest and most pleasant climate in Germany. It is classic in style and is built in a fan-shape with its castle at the centre. The city is the seat of the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) and the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof). It is a university town and home to the country's oldest technical university as well as numerous research institutes and leading institutes of higher learning. Its motto is "High Tech and High Life", a clear message from a city that has shown its prowess in new technologies such as IT, multimedia, energy and the environment. In particular, its urban transport policy has proved itself to perform well.

As a city of arts and culture, Karlsruhe offers a wide range of museums as well as the ZKM Centre for Art and Media.


The city of Padua stands on the Bacchiglione River in the Po valley in the region of Veneto. It is in the north-east of Italy, 40km from Venice.

This magnificent city of arts and sciences, notable for its narrow, irregular streets and large squares has a population of more than 200,000 people. The area has numerous rivers and canals which have helped shape its unique road structure. The city enjoys a strategic location at the heart of Italy's most popular tourist area.

Known as the home of St Anthony, Padua is one of Italy's major cities of art, with more than 3,000 years of history behind it. It offers a huge choice of museums and collections of artworks. Its university, where Galileo once taught, is one of the oldest in Europe and one of the top ranking universities in Italy for medicine, economy and law. The general hospital is among the best in the country and Europe. Its collaboration with the faculty of medicine has contributed to the development of an economic sector focused on technology and medical equipment, pharmacy and research. The twinning of the two cities, particularly oriented towards young people, is based on a reciprocal cultural attraction, a quality of heritage and a shared way of life.


Kanazawa  is a town with a population of almost 460,000 inhabitants located 287km from Osaka and 475km from Tokyo on the western coast in the centre of the archipelago.

It is served by a motorway and has an airport, railway station and port.
In addition to its 12 universities, Kanazawa also has a renowned medical research centre and thriving industrial area bringing together IT, machinery and textile companies alongside the production of arts and crafts.

The modern buildings of its centre blend effortlessly with traditional homes and historic buildings such as the Samurai residences with their cob walls. The 150km of canals that run through the city are another link to Kanazawa’s ancient past. The huge Kenrokuen public gardens date from the late 17th century and are considered to be some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Kanazawa has numerous characteristics that make it a tourist city of historic and cultural interest, including at least one traditional performance arts festival being held every month of the year.



Qiryat Shmona

Qiryat Shmona , the capital of Upper Galilee and Israel's northernmost city, has a population of around 23,000 inhabitants.

The beauty of its landscapes, the proximity of numerous rivers (Jordan, Ayan) and waterfalls as well as a geological park have made both the city and region into major tourist attractions. The city is the commercial and tourist centre of Galilee and has a good road infrastructure. The country's number one technological and scientific university is nearby and is building links with the Institut Jean Lamour in Nancy. The Qiryat Shemona agronomic and biotechnical research centre is another attraction of this modern, forward-looking city.


Lublin is a city to the east of central Poland, 160km from Warsaw.

It is the capital of the province of Lublin Voivodeship (twinned with Lorraine) and has a population of more than 365,000 people, including almost 100,000 students. It is at a strategic point on the Polish communication network and its main activities include agri-foods, the production of agricultural machinery and finance. However, the city is currently attracting numerous foreign investors in the fields of industry, services, hospitality and business. The city has six higher education institutes, including the Catholic University of Lublin, one of the most prestigious in the country. The city dates from the 13th century and is the biggest cultural university centre on the right bank of the Vistula, the country's main river. Museums, theatres, orchestras and international festivals contribute to the wealth of its cultural heritage, at a meeting point between the arts of Eastern and Western Christianity. The city applied for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2016.


Cincinnati in the south of the state of Ohio, on the right bank of the river, is around 800km to the west of Washington and has a population of more than 300,000 inhabitants. It extends over 206km² as far as the neighbouring states of Indiana and Kentucky, and is home to some 2.1 million people.

Founded in the late 18th century, Cincinnati is the 23rd largest city in the United States and today represents a major industrial centre, with a workforce of more than 1.5 million people within an 80-km radius. Its industries are concentrated mostly in the aerospace, automobile, biotechnology, chemical, financial services and information technology sectors These industries benefit from high-performance transport infrastructure with flights to destinations across the world. Cincinnati is one of the rare American cities to boast old, neoclassical style buildings, constructed between 1870 and 1920. It has around one hundred museums and galleries, a ballet, opera and renowned orchestra. The Pendelton Art Centre brings together 150 artists' workshops and Cincinnati's 140 green spaces, along with its numerous sports and leisure facilities make Cincinnati a very attractive city to visit.