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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Town twinning


County Durham has a number of twinning links with towns, cities and regions across the world with thousands of schoolchildren and people living in County Durham visiting one or more of our twinned areas each year.

We also welcome many visitors from overseas to County Durham. International projects like these are helping:

  • to develop friendships and improve understanding between people in different countries
  • to develop economic links with our European partners to encourage investment in the County
  • people improve their skills.

We work mainly with residents and businesses in County Durham and with our partner areas in other countries and offer a European information service to all residents in the North East of England. We are also the main contact for all of the region's schools wanting to get information about the British Council's international education scheme. 

For further information on the international relations work we carry out, contact us.

Contact us
International Relations
03000 268 501
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UF
0191 383 4487
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