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The government has announced further restrictions on mixing between households in any indoor setting in County Durham, in a bid to control the rising infection rates of COVID-19. Find out more about the latest measures at Gov.uk: Indoor inter-household mixing restricted in parts of the North East

International partnerships


Our International Relations Team works with partners across the world to deliver projects which help prepare us all to meet the challenges of a fast-changing and global society.

 Our partnerships help to deliver our priorities of:

  • developing skills and raising aspirations
  • engaging young people in purposeful out of school activity
  • maximising benefits of membership of the European Union
  • promoting community cohesion initiatives and developing community-led programmes
  • supporting international cultural and sporting ambitions

We are fortunate to have a network of twinned communities across the globe.

  • 1953 - Kreis Wesel, Germany
  • 1965 - Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • 1968 - Kostroma, Russia
  • 1969 - Tübingen, Germany
  • 1970 - Nakskov (now part of Lolland County, Lolland Kommune), Denmark.
  • 1980 - Somme, France
  • 1994 - Alcalá De Guadaira, Spain
  • 1998 - Durham County USA, North Carolina USA
  • 2001 - Jasz Nagykun Szolnok, Hungary

Former district and borough council links with partner communities are also supported by the county council.

  • Bad Oeynhausen - Wear Valley
  • Baesweiler - Easington
  • Kamp Lintfort, Germany - Chester le Street
  • Rheinhausen, Germany - Sedgefield
  • Werdohl - Derwentside
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