Find out about Swindon's twin towns
Swindon enjoys a long-established friendship with its twin towns. The first such relationship was with Salzgitter in Germany and later with Ocotal in the Central American country of Nicaragua.
Swindon has also entered into a new friendship and co-operation agreement with the city of Torun in Poland.
For more information about town twinning in Swindon, visit the meeting site of the Town Twinning Network which meets 4 times a year.
Ocotal - twin town in Nicaragua
Ocotal is a town with a population of 35,000 people and growing. It is situated in the wild, forested mountains of the northern part of Nicaragua, close to the border with Honduras in the Department of Nueva Segovia.
Swindon Ocotal link
Links between Swindon and Ocotal are promoted by an organisation called Swindon Ocotal Link (SOL).
SOL is a town-twinning organisation which links the people of Swindon and Ocotal in Nicaragua together. It is also a legally constituted charitable organisation.
SOL works at a number of different levels. It promotes the very important civic link between the two communities of Swindon and Ocotal. SOL also promotes direct linking between groups and organisations, including school and hospital links, and supports a variety of development projects in Ocotal.
Salzgitter - twin town in Germany
Salzgitter is a dynamic new town that made its way through difficult times to a confident future. Much like Swindon, Salzgitter has reinvented itself to face the challenges of a changing industrial environment and to build a prosperous and thriving town. These parallels with Swindon’s industrial and commercial past demonstrate just how appropriate and important the agreement to twin has been for both communities.
Swindon Salzgitter twinning association
For information about the association and how to get involved, please see Salzgitter Twinning Association (PDF)
Torun - twin town in Poland
The Polish city of Torun and Swindon entered into a friendship and co-operation agreement on 13 May 2003.
In the beautiful setting of the Old Town Hall of Torun, the Leader and Mayor Swindon Borough Council joined with Torun President and Council Leader in signing a friendship and co-operation agreement. The agreement covers the development of links in business, education, culture, tourism and environment, and between the people of Torun and Swindon.
Present-day Torun, with around 220,000 inhabitants, is an important scientific and academic centre. Its old traditions and unique atmosphere, together with the Nicholaus Copernicus University, strongly influence the flourishing cultural life of the city.