Twin towns

Geesthacht (Germany)

On 18 July 2008 Inga Bērziņa, the chairperson of Kuldīga Town Council and Folker Manov, the deputy burgomaster of Geesthacht (now burgomaster) in Kuldīga Town Hall Square unveiled the environmental object made of oak and  metal which was dedicated to friendship between two twin towns.   

On 11 May 2003 a treaty of friendship and mutual assistance between two twin towns was signed in Geesthacht but on 19 July in Kuldīga.

Friendship between two towns began on 12 March 1991 when delegation from Geesthacht arrived  in Kuldīga for the first time. They brought humanitarian aid to Kuldīga alongside with the burgomaster Peter Valter’s letter offering assistance also in future and expressing a wish to start a long-term cooperation between the towns. For more than ten years a group of supporters and close friends in Geesthacht, under the guidance of the former burgomaster Peter Valter, continue developing this friendship.

In spring 1996, on the fifth anniversary of friendship, a cooperation agreement was signed between Kuldīga and Geesthacht determining the areas of cooperation: municipality, social assistance, education, medicine, culture,  community management, environmental protection, sport, tourism, information exchange. It was agreed to promote cooperation among religious denominations, groups, organizations and families. During the first years of cooperation the main emphasis was placed on varied financial assistance to Kuldīga town and its inhabitants. In later years new experience was gained  and cooperation continued  in social assistance, education, culture and other spheres.

Partnership between both towns which started after the iron curtain fell (20th century 90’s) and  continues to present day developed due to wish to get to know  each other better and learn from each other. Former burgomasters of both towns started  this partnership but inhabitants of Kuldīga and Geesthacht were the ones to continue  it. 

German town Geesthacht is situated in the north-east of Hamburg on the banks of the River Elbe. Its population is  29 338. Geesthacht is surrounded  by forests and  water, so it is a great place for hiking and cycling trips. Nature lovers may  enjoy varied flora and fauna.

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Mcheta (Georgia)

On 15 July 2011 Inga Bērziņa, the chairperson  of Kuldīga District  Council  and Andro Kalandbadze, the chairman of  Mcheta municipality signed cooperation agreement between both municipalities.

Cooperation with Georgia was started by Kuldīga Regional Council  but today  is  continued by Kuldīga District Council.

On the basis of friendship which continued  for 25 years,  both  parties signed cooperation agreement between Kuldīga District Council and Mcheta  municipality in the following areas:  regional diplomacy and municipal development, economics, culture and  tourism, education and  health care. It is planned to develop cooperation  also in sport, cultural heritage, environmental protection and other spheres.   Cooperation  will be supported  also by local businessmen, educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations.

True friendship, mutual  confidence and  brotherhood of  local inhabitants will encourage  interest in history and traditions of both nations  as well as provide a good  opportunity to learn more about Georgian and Latvian cultural heritage.  Municipality cooperation  will contribute to building friendship between  both  nations  and  ensure democracy and  peaceful coexistence.

Both towns  have exchanged with delegations  offering cultural experience to local inhabitants with their folk dance groups, choirs, ensembles.

Mcheta is one of the oldest towns in Georgia and it has also been  an important  religious centre since ancient times. The population of Mcheta-Mtianeti  administrative  centre is 19 423. The town is famous for  its  historic monuments. In 1994 it was included in the UNESCO World  Heritage List.

Drobak (Norway)

On 5 September 2011  Inga Bērziņa, the chairperson of Kuldīga District Council and Tūre Vestbi, the chairman of Frogn municipality signed cooperation agreement between both municipalities.

„With this agreement we undertake  to strengthen friendship and cooperation between both municipalities and continue to collaborate in preserving cultural heritage and developing cooperation in culture, education, restoration and other spheres. We hope to implement development projects which will be beneficial to both municipalities and local inhabitants and as a result Kuldīga and Drobak  will become attractive destinations for living and working”, commented Inga Bērziņa, the chairperson of Kuldīga District Council on the agreement signed on 5September 2011.

In 2009 while implementing the project „Restoration of Kuldīga District Museum and establishment of wooden architecture craftsmen’s workshop” Kuldīga municipality developed good relationship with project partners  from Drobak, Norway

As a result of the project between Latvia and Norway, Kuldīga Restoration Centre was founded and  the museum facade was restored.  It also served as  the cornerstone for long-term friendship and cooperation among craftsmen, architects, designers and cultural heritage experts.

The population  of  Drobak  is 3000. It is located in a picturesque place, along the   Oslo fjord  and is the centre of Frogn municipality with population of about  14 000. Drobak is a popular destination  for sea tourists and it is famous for  its restaurants and many art galleries.

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