Partner cities are cities which despite their geographical distance and political differences came together to foster mutual cultural ties and contacts between their citizens. They often (though not always) have similar demographic and other characteristics, sometimes a similar history. Such partnerships often lead to student exchange programmes as well as economic and cultural cooperation.
Practices of the partner cities arose in Europe after the World War II as a way to get people closer to mutual understanding and also as a way to support cross-border contacts. This concept is still the most popular in Europe, but over time it spread to other continents, which lead to some very interesting partnerships.
Partner cities of Frydek-Mistek are:
- Ames, Iowa, U.S.A.
- Gradačac - Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Bielsko-Biala - Poland
- Myslowice - Poland
- Nikaia - Greece
- Urjupinsk - Russian Federation
- Jalta - Ukraine
- Žilina - Slovakia