Ostersund, Bangkok become sister cities

Bangkok and Sweden’s city of Ostersund have formally signed an agreement to establish a sister cities relationship to promote trade, cultural exchange, tourism and sports.

The agreement was signed by Man Charoenwal, vice speaker of the Bangkok Metropolitan Assembly, and Anne-Sofie Andersson, mayor of Ostersund, at Ostersund City Hall in Jamtland, Sweden on 17 January 2014.

The Bangkok-Ostersund sister cities arrangement followed a sporting exchange between the two cities. Ostersund had invited a junior football team from Bangkok to participate in an international tournament in the Swedish city between 2011-2013.

“The sister cities agreement was signed after a referendum in Ostersund, whose citizens voted a resounding ‘Yes’,” Man said.

The Ostersund mayor and her staff have been invited to visit Bangkok in April to participate in the Songkran festival this year, during which both sides will discuss concrete ways to broaden cooperation and people-to-people ties.

Ostersund is a city with a population of 60,000, well known for its Winter sporting activities. The city is considered to be one of the top three Swedish cities with first-rate infrastructure and public safety.swe_th_twincities

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