List of twin towns and sister cities in Africa

This is a list of twin towns and sister cities in Africa. That is, pairs of towns or cities in different countries in Africa which have town twinning arrangements. Where known, the date of formation of the twinning agreement is included in parentheses.

Note that the list is likely to always remain incomplete, since no canonical list of such arrangements exists; even those towns that are listed may well have arrangements which are not listed here. However, a searchable, interactive list is maintained by Sister Cities International. Note also that any twinning arrangement should be listed at two locations in the series of lists: once for each of the towns involved in the arrangement.


Pyongyang, North Korea[1]

Grenoble, France[2]

Durban, South Africa[3]


Porto, Portugal[4][5]
São Paulo, Brazil[6][7]



Burbank, United States[8]
Västerås, Sweden[9]
Zhejiang Province, China[10]

Burkina Faso

Tamale, Ghana (2003)[11]


Cape Verde



Equatorial Guinea




Columbia, United States[12]
Fada N'gourma, Burkina Faso (2003)[11]
Louisville, United States (1979)[13]
Niamey Commune II, Niger (2008)[14]










La Rochelle, France (since 1999)[15]
Coimbra, Portugal[16]
İzmir, Turkey, since 1995[17]



San Antonio, Texas U.S.A.,[18]


Tamale, Ghana (2008)[14]


Compton, California, United States (2010)[20]

Republic of the Congo

Dresden, Germany (1975)[22]

Democratic Republic of the Congo



São Tomé and Principe

Lisbon, Portugal[23][24]

Sierra Leone


Almaty, Kazakhstan[25]
Ankara, Turkey[26]
Istanbul, Turkey[27]

South Africa





Shenzhen, China, since 1993[28][29][30]


Grenoble, France[2]
Marburg, Germany[31]


Western Sahara



Aberdeen, Scotland, UK (1986)[33]


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