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Constance: Twin cities and encounters

Fontainebleau, France

At Whitsun in May 1960, the twin city partnership between Fontainebleau and Constance was signed in Fontainebleau Palace. Over the past 45 years the interexchange between associations, clubs, schools and other organisations have become a matter of course. Fontainebleau has 16.000 inhabitants and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Paris. Among the main tourist attractions are Fontainebleau Palace, the Fontainebleau and Prieur Forest of 18.000 ha and a former monastery residency.

Richmond, Great Britain

City and countryside meet in Richmond. Our British twin city belongs to the capital of London as well as to the green paradise, the old county of Sorrey. Up until the Middle Ages the city was called Sheene. Today Richmond is renowned for the beauty of its nature: Above all for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew with forest and meadows of 1.000 ha, as well as Ham House, a 17th century palace. In Richmond one can visit the biggest British Palace, Hampton Court, where Elisabeth I and Henry VIII have lived.

Lodi, Italy

Lodi is a jewel of Lombardy in the north of Italy. Partnership between the former bishop’s see and free imperial city of Constance and the old bishop’s see of Lodi goes back to the early Middle Ages. Lodi has approximately 45.000 inhabitants and a university. The rivers Adda, Lambro and Po run through the city. In 1993, Lodi became an independent province by resolution of the parliament in Rome. It has thus become the political, economic and cultural centre of Lodigiano, an area with 60 communities and app. 200.000 inhabitants.

Tabor, Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic

After the political rebound of the Czech Republic, the partnership with the city of Tabor from 1984 reached a new dimension. Today there is a great variety of social, cultural and sports activities between the citizens of both towns. Today, Tabor counts 35.000 inhabitants. It is mainly renowned as a stronghold of the Hussites movement in the 15th century. The Constance House in the middle of the Old Town is a symbol of this twin city partnership. There is also interexchange between the university of Constance and Tabor, as well as the Hus Memorial Day festivities on July 6th.

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Suzhou, China

It is a special experience when people from entirely different cultures become true friends. First, one needs to learn about the common interests. The metropolitan city of Suzhou and the comparatively small city of Constance are both proud of their historic Old Towns. It is definitely the element of water that connects both cities. In 2002, the city of Suzhou expressed the wish for a project partnership with Constance. Two years later, the mayors of both towns signed an agreement on permanent cooperation in the fields of wastewater treatment, medical science, professional training, and cultural and economic matters. The city congress opens up new opportunities for both partners through the exchange of technical know-how, cultural encounters and new ideas in tourism and economy.

The province of Jiangsu counts among the economically strongest Chinese provinces respective their economic power and participation in global economy. Initiated by Singapore, the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park is the most promising development area in the entire province. It is also called the Silicon Valley of China and is in fact the largest high-tech area worldwide.

Aid from Constance

Nias Island

The incredible suffering that was caused by the natural disaster of December 26th 2004 utterly shocked people all over the world. The city of Constance and the technical college have immediately started a fundraising campaign to help the tsunami victims on Nias Island. The longterm aid has since turned into a partnership. Nias Island is situated about 120 kilometres off the west coast of Sumatra. The reconstruction project consists of drinking water purification and well rebuilding. Nias is about 120 km long, 50 km wide with a population of approximately 650.000 people. 48.000 Euros have been collected in the first months after the tsunami. 20.000 Euros have been transferred as immediate aid to the victims. The rest amount is spent on ongoing reconstruction work. For further donations please contact: pressebuero@stadt.konstanz.de

Pancevo, Serbia

The Serbian city of Pancevo has suffered severely under the violence of the Milosevic regime. Politically, the country has begun a process of democratisation; economically it has yet to struggle. The main difficulties are supply problems and environmental issues. Our aid consists in reconstructing the workshop of a home for handicapped people, summer camps for young people, and supply of commercial vehicles from municipal enterprises, as well as the support of a nursery school for retarded children. In cooperation with the Department for Foreign Affairs and the Peace Initiative, the City of Constance is planning on future projects in Pancevo.

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