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International Exchange Activities

Through active interaction with city councils of major cities around the world, Seoul Metropolitan Council is deepening reciprocal partnerships with its counterparts and widely promoting how the City is run, thereby helping to raise the Council's status.

Various materials on council activities in advanced cities are collected for comparison and analysis, through overseas trainings for Council members. Seoul Metropolitan Council works to ensure that these training sessions serve as opportunities to improve human welfare.

Seoul’s Sister Cities & Friendly Cities

Sister Cities (23 cities)

Political Party
No. Country(Region) City Mayor Population(10,000 persons) Area(㎢) Signing Date
1 Taiwan Taipei Wen-Je KO 267 272 23.3.68
2 Turkey Ankara Mustafa Tuna 433 2,516 23.8.71
3 U.S.A. Honolulu Kirk Caldwell 39 177 22.10.73
4 U.S San Francisco Edwin M. Lee 82 600 18.5.76
5 Brazil Sao Paulo João Doria Júnior 1,131 1,522 20.4.77
6 Colombia Bogota Enrique Peñalosa Londoño 767 1,587 14.6.82
7 Indonesia Jakarta Anies Baswedan 1,015 662 25.7.84
8 Japan Tokyo Yuriko Koike 1,363 2,103 3.9.88
9 Russia Moscow Sergey Semyonovinch Sobyanin 1,151 2,511 13.7.91
10 Australia New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian 721 800,642 8.11.91
11 France Paris Anne Hidalgo 221 105 12.11.91
12 Mexico Mexico City Miguel Ángel Moncera 885 1,485 5.10.92
13 China Beijing Chen Jining 2,200 16,808 23.10.93
14 Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Batbold Sundui 124 4,704 6.10.95
15 Vietnam Hanoi Nguyễn Đức Chung 700 3324 1.5.96
16 Poland Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz 172 517 20.6.96
17 Egypt Cairo Atef Abdel Hamid 800 1,881 27.4.97
18 Italy Rome Virginia Raggi 263 1,285 18.3.00
19 Kazakhstan Astana Asset Orentayevich Issekeshev 83 722 6.11.4
20 U.S. Washington D.C Muriel Bowser 63 177 13.3.06
21 Uzbekistan Tashkent Usmanov Rakhmonbek 250 335 30.3.06
22 Greece Athens Giorgos Kaminis 66 38 15.5.06
23 Thailand Bangkok Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang 635 1,568 16.6.06

Friendly Cities (39)

Political Party
No. Country(Region) City Mayor Population(10,000 persons) Area(㎢) Signing Date
1 Canada Ottawa Jim Watson 81 2,778 10.1.97
2 Germany Berlin Michael Muller 350.2 891.8 23.4.97
3 Netherlands Amsterdam Eberhard van deer Laan 77.98 219.3 15.3.99
4 Hungary Budapest Istvan Tarlos 173.2 252.2 14.7.05
5 Turkey Istanbul Mevlut Uysal 1,403 1,539 24.8.05
6 U.S. Los Angeles Eric Michael Garcetti 379 1,301 16.10.06
7 Italy Milan Giuseppe Sala 125.1 181.8 1.2.07
8 Belarus Minsk Andrei Shorets 173 256 8.7.08
9 China Shandong Gong Zheng 9,847 156,700 19.7.08
10 China Jiangsu Wu Zhenglong 7,976 102,600 10.4.09
11 China Guangdong MA Xingrui 10,849 177,900 22.7.08
12 China Zhejiang Yuan Jiajun 5,539 102,000 10.4.09
13 China Tianjin Vacant (to be appointed in January, 2018) 1,546 11,917 12.4.09
14 Ethiopia Addis Ababa Driba Kuma 338.5 527 29.9.10
15 Japan Hokkaido Harumi Takahashi 537 83,456 15.10.10
16 Mozambique Maputo David Simango 96.68 346 13.6.11
17 Romania Bucharest Gabriela Firea 191.3 228 9.5.12
18 Argentina/td> Buenos Aires Horacio Rodríguez Larreta 289 203 25.6.12
19 Spain Barcelona Ada Colau 160.2 101.9 13.11.12
20 Brazil Federal District Rodrigo Rollemberg 260 5,801 27.2.14
21 Denmark Odense Anker Boye 19.36 304.3 11.14.8
22 Denmark Copenhagen Frank Jensen 56.24 88.25 12.8.14
23 U.S. Houston Sylvester Turner 261 1,553 1.10.14
24 China Shanghai YING Yong 2,415 6,340.5 4.11.14
25 China Sichuan YIN Li 8,204 485,000 6.11.14
26 Canada Montreal Denis Coderre 3,824 4,259 8.4.15
27 South Africa Tshwane Solly Tshepiso Msimanga 292 6,298 10.4.15
28 Laos Vientiane Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune 75 3,920 5.11.15
29 U.K London Sadiq Khan 867.4 1,572 4.12.15
30 Sri Lanka Colombo Mohommad Muzammil 90 37 8.6.16
31 New Zealand Wellington Justin Lester 20.4 290 18.7.16
32 Nepal Kathmandu Bidya Sundar Shakya 340 51 26.9.16
33 Indonesia Bandung Ridwan Kamil 258 168 7.10.16
34 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Nguyễn Thành Phong 822 2,099 31.10.16
35 Belgium Brussels-Capital Region Rudi Vervoort 1,181 161.4 12.6.17
36 Serbia Belgrade Siniṥa Mali 117 359.96 31.8.17
37 Italy Lombardia Roberto Maroni 1,000 23,859 11.9.17
38 Iran Tehran Mohammad Ali Najafi 150 730 18.10.17
39 Panama Panama City Jose Blandon 393 75,515 19.10.17

International Exchange Activities

Visits to Foreign Cities by Seoul Metropolitan Council Delegations

Political Party
Year Destinations
2018 New South Wales, Wellington, Jakarta, British Columbia (Canada), Hanoi, Bangkok
2017 Bangkok, Bishkek/ Almaty, Ankara, Ulaanbaatar, Taipei, Tokyo
2016 Tokyo, New South Wales, Bishkek, Jakarta, British Columbia (Canada), Hanoi/ Vientiane, Shanghai
2015 Bangkok, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, Ankara, Canberra/ Sydney/ Auckland
2014 New South Wales, Taipei, Jakarta, Hanoi, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Amman
2013 Bangkok, Honolulu, Ulaanbaatar, Ankara, Beijing, Tokyo
2012 Jakarta, Tokyo, Zhejiang, Bangkok, Hanoi
2011 Ulaanbaatar, Hanoi
2010 Tokyo, Beijing

Invitation of Foreign City Council Delegations to Seoul Metropolitan Council

Political Party
Year Cities Hosted
2018 Bangkok, Ulaanbaatar, Honolulu, Beijing
2017 Hanoi, Jakarta
2016 Bishkek, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ankara, Ulaanbaatar
2015 Shanghai, Bangkok
2014 Bangkok, Ulaanbaatar, Ankara
2013 Jakarta, Tokyo, Honolulu, Hanoi
2012 Ankara, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing
2011 Tokyo
2010 Bangkok, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, Ankara