The City of Tampa is the third most populous city in Florida. It is located on the west coast of Florida. Tampa is a very amazingly beautiful city with a variety of cultural and historical attractions such as museums, theatres, sites, parks. Like much of Florida, Tampa’s economy is heavily based on services and tourism. There is a huge net influx of cash into the area. Tampa’s economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, agriculture, construction, finance, health care, technology, and the port. The port of Tampa is now the seventh largest in the nation and Florida’s largest tonnage port, handling nearly half of all seaborne commerce that passes through the state.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 03.07.1992
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Long Beach lies on the South of San Pedro Bay. The development in city’s industry and port was stimulated by the discovery of oil in 1921. The port of Long Beach is one of the world’s busiest ports. In January 2006, Izmir-Long Beach Sister City Association (IzmirLB) was founded. Long Beach is an active sister city of Izmir which works for the promotion of Izmir in USA both by the works of its municipality and IzmirLB Association.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 05.03.2004 Date of Protocol: 13.12.2015
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The city of Bremen, situated by the Weser River, is the capital of Bremen Province. Bremen has a population of approximately 600.000. Bremerhaven Port, providing one-third of the employment, is the second busiest port after Hamburg. The port is 16 km to the Bremen city and to the North Sea. The right side of the Weser River is reserved for the business center. Cultural life of the city is also under the influence of trade. Overseas Countries and Maritime Transportation Museum attracts visitors from all over Germany. The City Hall, which is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture, is also worth-seeing.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 19.10.1993 Date of Protocol: 24.04.1996
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Baku is the capital and the biggest city in Azerbaijan. It is also the biggest city in Caucasus. As of 2009 census its population is approximately 2 million. The city, located on the shores of the Caspian Sea, was selected as the Islamic Culture Capital by Organization of Islamic Conference in 2009. The city’s economy relies basically on oil industry. The city, having a significant role in world’s energy market, also reinforces this feature with Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 04.09.1985 Date of Protocol:28.04.1986
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Located on the banks of the Neretva River, Mostar is the capital of Herzegovina and the 5th largest city of the country. Mostar was named after ˝the bridge keepers˝- the bridge has always been an important symbol in the city.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 25.07.1996 Date of Protocol:25.07.1996
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Kardzhali is located in the southeastern part of Bulgaria. The city is 259 km away from Sofia and 90 km away from Bulgaria’s second largest city Plovdiv. The nearest border located at a distance of 132 km from the town is the Kapitan Andreevo which connects the Republic of Bulgaria with the Republic of Turkey and Greece. Kardzhali District consists of 117 settlements including 45 neighborhood units. Unemployment is one of the major problems in the city. The employment capacity in Kardzhali is particularly in industry, construction, agriculture, trade, transportation and service sector.
Date of Municipal Council Act:28.11.2008 Date of Protocol:27.01.2009
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Population: 170.000
Plezen is the 4th largest city in Czech Republic. Plezen is on the west side of the country situated in between Prag and Bavaria. The city was first discovered in the 10th Century.
Date of Municipal Council Act:03.07.1987 Date of Protocol:13.08.1987
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Tianjin is located at the northern end of the Grand Canal of China, which connects Huang He and Yangtze rivers. Tianjin is the third biggest city in China after Beijing and Shangai. As of 2004 census, the population of the city is 10 million. There are more than 20 ethnic groups living in the city. Tianjin’s economy is based on agricultural production such as wheat, corn and rice as well as fisheries, petrochemical industries, textiles and car manufacturing. It is the biggest salt production center of China. In addition, it is an important city of education with its educational institutions.
Date of Municipal Council Act:11.12.1990 Date of Protocol: September, 1991
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Odense is the third largest city in Denmark with a population of nearly 200.000 as of 2009 census. It is a peninsula situated by the railway route between Copenhagen and Jutland. With its 1021 years of history, the city is one of the oldest cities in the country. There are people from different nations living in the city. Therefore, many different languages are spoken on the streets. Several large industries are located in and near Odense. Odense is one of the richest European cities with high individual earnings while the rate of unemployment is very low.
Date of Municipal Council Act:20.03.1991
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Split is one of the most important cities of Croatia. It is the main port for the ships traveling to Italy and to Croatian Islands. In 1979, Diocletian Palace in the city has been declared as the World Heritage Site.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 20.05.1996 Date of Protocol: 07.12.1998
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Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is the capital of the Maharashtra province of India. Mumbai, with a population of 20 million is the most populous city in India and the third city.
Date of Municipal Council Act:13.03.1997 Date of Protocol:21.09.1998
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Tel Aviv is the second biggest city in Israel with a population of nearly 400.000. The city is situated in the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Tel Aviv’s White City was recorded to UNESCO’s ‘World Heritage List’. It is the economic center of Israel and home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The city also has many companies and research centers. Its beaches, bars, cafés, restaurants, shopping centers let the city be a popular tourist destination. Having the second biggest city economy of the Middle East, it is the country’s financial capital and the major financial, art and business center.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 03.07.1996 Date of Protocol: 12.08.1996
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Bishkek is the capital and the biggest city in Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek is also the administrative centre of Chuy Province. Between the years of 1926 and 1991 the city was called Frunze but in 1991 it was re-named as Bishkek. The city’s economy primarily concentrated on agricultural affairs.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 04.06.1991 Date of Protocol: 24.12.1991
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Famagusta is a port city in Cyprus and is the only city having a deepwater port. Famagusta is one of the most strengthened ports in the Mediterranean. The city forms the step between the Near East and Europe. It is 61 km from Nicosia. According to the 2006 census, the city has a population of nearly 70.000. Flour, macaroni, canned food products, soap, plastic and aluminum are the most important products of industry. Famagusta is the trade center of the eastern region of Northern Cyprus and is the busiest and the most modern seaport on the island. City’s beautiful beaches are among the most well-known ones in the world.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 27.10.1984
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Havana is the capital of Cuba. It is the most populous city of Cuba and the Caribbean Islands with a population of approximately 2.5 million. Cigar, sugar cane and corn are the main source of income. It is also a tourism city and has a tropical climate. Havana was under Spanish colonial domination for long years. For this reason, Spanish influence is still visible in the city. Havana is one of the Latin America’s leading cities. The city is also developed industrially and has significant groundwater resources.
Date of Municipal Council Act:21.11.1995 Date of Protocol:06.11.1996
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Balti is the second largest city in the Republic of Moldova. Besides being one of the greenest cities in Europe, the city is also an important commercial and industrial center. It is located by the Răut River which is a bayou of Dinyester River. As of the 2004 census, the city has a population of approximately 150.000.
Date of Municipal Council Act:20.05.1996 Date of Protocol:11.03.1997
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Constanta is the second largest city in Romania. The city draws attention by the harmony between its moving business and intense cultural life. Developed on the ruins of the ancient Greek Castle “Tomis”, the city of Constanta has always been a centre of ethnic and spiritual diversities besides being a focus for economic exchanges in the Black Sea and South-Eastern Europe.
Date of Municipal Council Act:09.02.1995
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The city of Charcov, re-named as Turkmenabad in 1999, is the capital of the Lebap Province. The city is located on the railway line and as of the 2007 census it has a population of nearly 250.000. Although it is a modern city today, its history dates back to 2000 years old. The modern city was founded in 1886 during the construction of the Central Asian Railway. Turkmen Airlines has direct flights from the capital Ashgabat to Turkmenabat. It is also connected to various cities of Uzbekistan via railway.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 12.11.1993 Date of Protocol: 21.06.1994
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Sousse is an important tourism center in Tunisia. The city is located in the Mediterranean coast in Hammamet Bay. Sousse is also a traditional olive oil and textile centre. According to the 2005 census its population was recorded as nearly 600.000. It is also the centre of Sousse Province. Its economy is mainly based on transport equipments, processed food, olive oil production, textile and tourism.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 05.07.2002 Date of Protocol: 15.05.2006
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The city is located at the west coast of Volga River. The city’s population is nearly 1,000,000. Today, it is one of the important industry and transportation centers of the Southern Russia.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 16.06.2006 Date of Protocol: 22.04.2011
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The city of Wuhan, which is in the center of Hubei province, lies at the east of the Jianghan. The city of Wuhan has a population of 9,790,000 and it is the seventh most populated city in central China. The city of Wuhan, which is on the intersection of central China, is a major transportation hub in terms of airways, railways and maritime traffic. The distance from the city of Wuhan to Pekin, Şanghay and Guangzhou is almost the same. Moreover, the world’s third longest river of the world, Devasa Yangtse River (Chang Jiang) and Han River pass through the city.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 16.10.2009 Date of Protocol: 06.06.2013
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Ancona is a city situated on the Adriatic Sea with a population of more than 100.000. The city is the center of the state of Ancona and is an important economy centre of Marche Region with the highest population rate and largest land area. Ancona coastline is like an elbow protecting the largest natural harbor in the center of Adriatic and the name of the city explains that geographic situation.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 11.04.2005 Date of Protocol: 13.06.2005
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Shymkent is the centre of South Kazakhstan Province and one of the most populous regions in Kazakhstan with a population of nearly 700.000. It is the third biggest city after Almaty and Astana while a major metropolitan city of the country. Zinc, textile, stock farming and pharmacy have an important role in city’s economy. Also, the city has a medium-sized oil refinery.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 17.12.2004
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Bukhara Province is located in the southwest of Uzbekistan. It covers an area of 39.400 square kilometers in total. Bukhara has a dry climate and a population of approximately 1 million 500 thousand. 32% of the population lives in the city center while 68% lives in the suburbs. It has 11 administrative divisions. Bukhara is the administrative center of the province. The city has a very important historical background with a history around 2,500 years. With its natural resources such as natural gas and petroleum, it is also an important cultural and touristic centre of Uzbekistan.
Date of Municipal Council Act: 03.07.1992 Date of Protocol: 25.06.1992
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Cape Town is one of the three capitals (administrative capital) and the largest city of South Africa. It has a population of 3.5 million and almost 300 Turkish people live in Cape Town. Cultures of Africa, Holland and Britan are harmonized in the city which is situated on the southwestern part of South Africa. Cape Town is also a port city just like İzmir and it is famous with its Victoria and Alfred ports. It is also famous with its natural setting in Cape Floral Kingdom as well as well known landmarks like Table Mountain and Cape Point. As of 2014, it is the 10th most populous city in Africa. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by the New York Times.
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Torino is the capital city of Piedmont Region. The population of the city is around 1.5 million. Torino is an important industrial city that lies through Po River. In terms of export valume, it is the third largest city of Italy. The city is also famous with its Baraque architecture and important historical artifacts.
Date of act: 12.09.2012
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Xiamen, the second biggest city of Fujian Province of China is located on the southeastern coast of Taiwan bosphorus. Xiamen having 3,531,147 population, is one of the oldest economic districts of China. Xiamen Port is China’s 8th and the world’s 30th biggest port. Main economic resources of Xiamen are fishing, shipbuilding and natural stone processing.˝Xiamen Natural Stone and Processing Technologies Fair˝ which is being held every year is the world’s 3rd biggest natural stone fair.
Date of Act: 08.09.2012
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