How Many of San Francisco’s 19 Sister Cities Can You Name?

The City recently installed a large, multi-pronged signpost near the Powell Street Station in Union Square, featuring the names of all of San Francisco’s sister cities and pointing in the direction of each, along with the distance away in miles.

The art installation was the brainchild of Mayor Mark Farrell, whose office credits it as a celebration of “person-to-person diplomacy.”

According to the City, a Sister City relationship is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. Sister City relationships in the United States began under President Eisenhower as a means to foster peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the globe.

These relationships bring people of different cultures together to celebrate and appreciate their differences and create cultural, educational, informational, and trade exchanges through person-to-person “citizen diplomacy.”

In case you are curious, here are our 19 Sister Cities: