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Created in 1993, the Arlington Sister Cities Association (ASCA) supports and coordinates the activities of the five sister cities of Arlington County, promoting the international profile of the county and creating lasting relationships.

A sister city, or twin city, relationship is a form of agreement between two geographically distinct localities for the purpose of promoting cultural and commercial ties. The modern form of this concept was first established and adopted worldwide during World War II.

What are Arlington’s sister cities?

Aachen, Germany: The westernmost city of Germany, bordering Belgium and the Netherlands. It is a spiritual and cultural center.

Reims, France: City in northern France, located 89 km east-north-east of Paris. The largest city in the region, Reims is often considered the capital of Champagne, a former province of France, world famous for its sparkling wine.

Ivano-Frankivsk, Western Ukraine: The capital of the Ivano-Frankivsk region, in the west of Ukraine, on the Bystrytsia river. It is a railway junction and an industrial center located in a fertile agricultural area in the foothills of the Carpathians.

San Miguel, El Salvador: Currently in emeritus status.

Coyoacan, Mexico: Currently in emeritus status.

About the Association of Sister Cities of Arlington

ASCA strives to enhance and promote the region’s international profile and foster productive relationships through:

  • Arts and Culture: Works to create and expand performing and visual artist exchanges, shared exhibitions, cultural connections and partnerships.
  • Economic Development Opportunities: Fosters and facilitates open dialogue between Arlington business professionals and their counterparts in our sister cities.
  • Educational Programs: Implements internationally themed cultural events, K-12 and post-secondary student exchange programs, and a high school homestay program.
  • Professional Programs: Develops opportunities for professional exchanges, conferences and presentations.
  • Global Tourism: Collaborates with our sister cities and community organizations to increase joint tourism opportunities, exploring the idea that we live in a global environment.

To be involved

ASCA is a nonprofit organization supported in part by a grant from the Arlington County government, as well as corporate and individual donations, and funds raised through special events. It relies on the generosity of volunteers from all the sister cities to continue to prosper.

Visit the Official Arlington Sister Cities Website