International and Inter-regional Relations
Since 1960-s Petrozavodsk has actively began to develop sister-cities' ties with the cities of foreign countries. Now the city has 13 sister- and partner-cities in Europe and the USA. 8 sculptures-gifts from sister-cities are placed on the Onego Lake Embankment to symbolize friendship.
Petrozavodsk is a city where the East and the West meet: the close vicinity of Europe has always influenced the attitudes of Petrozavodsk inhabitants. During the Soviet era the geographically close but otherwise distant Finland showed its presence in the city through nameplates and signboards of streets, institutions, shops and pharmacies in Finnish. Now that the border is no longer a formidable barrier, Petrozavodsk dwellers have taken to travel — in 2012 the Petrozavodsk Office of the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg issued over 100 000 Schengen visas. Many people in Petrozavodsk speak foreign languages, the most popular ones being English, Finnish, and German. It takes less time to get to the border than to St. Petersburg: no wonder Finland has turned into one of the most popular destinations for tourism, studies, recreation. The Finnish Varkaus became the first sister city of Petrozavodsk back in 1965. By now, Petrozavodsk has signed 13 Cooperation Agreements with cities from 11 countries around the globe.
Over the past years the main aspects and directions of international cooperation have changed. Today the City Administration pays more attention to implementation of joint mutually beneficial projects with our partners. An important role in making contacts between the citizens belongs to Friendship societies and National and Cultural Autonomies which help to disseminate knowledge of languages, cultures and traditions of different countries.
PR and International Cooperation Department:
+ 7 (8142) 71 33 75