Twin towns and sister cities Once again it is Germany which is in the forefront of these changes, not surprisingly due to its unique political history and geographical position in Europe. By tracing the development of Germany's town twinnings from a basic idea into a worldwide network, one may hope to arrive at a clearer understanding of the current situation as well as of future prospects.
'Welcome to Northampton' Northampton is twinned with: Marburg, Hessen, Germany & Poitiers, Vienne, France. The terms twin towns and sister cities are used to describe a form of cooperative agreement made between towns, cities, states and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties. The European Commission uses the term twinned towns.