Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, and the third-largest municipality in Canada. In 2009, Calgary’s metropolitan population was estimated at 1,230,248. The city is located in the south Grassland region of Alberta, approximately 50 mi east of the front ranges of the Rockies.
Catania is located on the eastern coast of Sicily in Italy and is the second largest city in Sicily. It is located at the foot of the biggest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Catania is a major transport hub, university center and economic hub in the area and is known for its active nightlife and vibrant culture.
Chengdu has been an important business center since trade on the Silk Road began more than 2,000 years ago. As the capital of China’s Sichuan Province, Chengdu is a city of more than ten million people. Also known as the Panda Capital, Chengdu is thought by some to be the oldest established city in the world.
Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, with a population of over 32,000 people, is situated on the banks of the River Fergus. Ennis takes its name from Inis, the Irish word for island, and was founded in the 1300s. It is the capital of County Clare in the west of Ireland and the centre of administration and commerce for the county.
Grenoble, located on the Isère River at the foot of the Alps, is a major scientific center of Europe. Known for research in physics, computer science, and applied mathematics, it has a population of over 150,000 people. Apart from its image as the hydroelectric center of France, Grenoble has many architectural wonders.
Hermosillo, Mexico was the first to become a Sister City of Phoenix. The Sister City relationship was established in 1975 and the formal agreement was signed in 1976. The capital of the state of Sonora, Hermosillo is located in the northwest region of Mexico.
The second city to be formally recognized as a Phoenix Sister City, Himeji became a partner in 1976. The city is located along the Seto Inland Sea some 40 miles west of Kobe, which is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture.
The City of Phoenix and City of Prague established a Capital Cities relationship in May 1991. Over the ensuing years, changes in each city’s administration resulted in a reduced emphasis on the importance of the relationship to the point where exchanges and activities were put on hold.
Ramat Gan, located in west central Israel, east of Tel Aviv, is an important industrial center with a population of almost 150,000 people. Apart from being well-known for its diamond exchange, the city also is home to Israel’s largest sports stadium, Ramat Gan Stadium.
The capital of Taiwan, Taipei enjoys a strong economy and has a GNP of more than $160 billion. With a population of more than 21 million people, Taipei is a major producer of high-tech components. It also imports consumer goods, services, and luxury goods.