Aalborg, Denmark

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Mayor: Mr. Thomas Kastrup-Larsen

Population: 205,809 residents.

A brief history of the city
The Vikings founded Aalborg where the waters of the Limfjord are at their narrowest. The city's history began over 1,000 years ago: during the Middle Ages Aalborg was already one of the biggest settlements in Denmark, and enjoyed an extensive commerce in bulls, salted fish and grain.

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Antwerp, Belgium

antwepmenMayor: Mr. Bart De Wever

Population: 510,610 residents.

A brief history of the city
Evidence was found in Antwerp indicating the existence of settlements there as early as the 2nd or 3rd century, when the Flemish city evolved around two settlements that later on were surrounded by one wall. The city continued to spread in concentric circles,

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Bremen, Germany

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Mayor: Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte

Population: 548,547 residents.

A brief history of the city

Bremen is the smallest among the 16 States of the Federal German Republic. It is the third most populous in Northern Germany and the tenth in Germany. Bremen is 1,200 years old and in ancient times constituted a center of Christian missions to north and northeast Europe.

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Cape Town, South Africa

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Mayor: Mr. Dan Plato

Population: 3,740,026 residents.

Brief Historical Overview of the City

Cape Town first got its name in the year 1488, when Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias called it the “Cape of Good Hope.” Cape Town became a municipality in 1840. In the middle of the 19th century, railway tracks were laid, diamond and gold mines were opened, the harbor infrastructure was improved. 

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Chengdu, China

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Mayor: Mr. Luo Qiang 

Population: 14,047,627 residents.

A brief history of the city

Chengdu (Chéngdū; 成都) is the provincial capital of Sichuan in Southwest China, as well as a major city in Western China and an important crossroad. It is built circularly, with three surrounding beltways. In the middle of the city lies Tianfu Square, where there is a statue of Mao Zedong. The city was established in BC 316 approximately.

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Düsseldorf, Germany

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Lord Mayor:  Dr. Stephan Keller

Population: 598,686 residents.

A brief history of the city

Düsseldorf developed from a petty agrarian settlement on the banks of Düssel River, to become a prosperous metropolis. Düsseldorf’s history begins in 1135: Under Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, the small town of Kaiserswerth to the north of Düsseldorf, became a well-fortified outpost. Kaiserswerth eventually became a suburb of Düsseldorf in 1929.

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Erfurt, Germany

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Lord Mayor: Mr. Andreas Bausewein

Population: 204,880 residents.

General information and special features

Erfurt is the capital of Thuringia, known as The Green Heart of Germany. It has one of the oldest preserved urban centers in Germany, The Old City, which was extensively renovated and reconstructed, and is imbued with a unique charm created by the buildings from the middle ages and the parks and gardens that surround it.

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Fort Lauderdale, U.S.A

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Mayor: Mr. Dean J. Trantalis

Population: 183,000 residents.

General information and special features

Fort Lauderdale is renowned for its beaches, stretching along more than ten kilometers, and for having Florida's most beautiful promenade. The Atlantic offers a perfect environment for water sports, diving and snorkeling. The city also offers an abundance of parks and recreational sites. A distinctive communal characteristic is the College for Neighborhood Leadership.

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Hackney, Great Britain

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Mayor: Mr. Philip Glanville 

Population: 209,000 residents.

A brief history of the city

It has a prosperous Jewish community since the 17th century, a large community of Caribbean expatriates since the 1950s, and a firmly integrated community of African expatriates since the 17th century. In addition there are also communities of Indian, Asian, Turkish and Cyprian origins.

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Limassol, Cyprus

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Mayor: Mr. Nicos Nicolaides  

Population: 160,000 residents.

A brief history of the city

Limassol is located between the ancient cities Amathus and Curium, and was populated since ancient times. In 1191, King Richard the Lionheart liberated Cyprus from the Byzantine dominion, a campaign during which the nearby Amathus was destroyed and its residents were transferred to Limassol.

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Mainz, Germany

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Lord Mayor: Mr. Michael Ebling

Population: 202,756 residents.

Brief Historical Overview of the City

The city originated in a Celt settlement that later on became the center of Germania Superior, a province of the Roman Empire. In the course of time Mainz evolved to be a prosperous metropolis of the area, boasting the foremost cotton and textile industries along the Rhine.

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Manila, Philippines

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Mayor: Mr. Isko Moreno

Population:  11,885,790 residents.

A brief history of the city

In 1521 the Spanish conquered the islands and named them after King Philip II. During the 1898 Spanish-American War, the American admiral George Dewey invaded Manila Bay. The area was under the USA’s patronage until after WW2, when the Philippines became an independent country.

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