Manchester (Great Britain)

Twinned since 1983 Manchester Logo
Population: 458,000 (2007)
Area: 45 sq. miles

Manchester lies about 300 km (200 miles) north-west of London. Today the Cradle of the industrial Revolution is an incredible cultural centre with a legendary live music scene and over 90 museums and art collections of international significance.

Two universities are located in the city, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Manchester (Great Britain)Beetham-Tower
City of Manchester

At the beginning of the 20th century the economic structure of the city changed. In 1910 Trafford Park, the first purpose-guilt industrial zone, was opened. Today the once dominant engineering and textile industries are of hardly any significance any more. The most important business sector is the services sector, particularly financial services and the media and communications industry, plus the high technology industry.

The cityscape is characterised by buildings from various styles and periods from Victorian to modern architecture. Outside the city centre factories from the cotton industry have survived – today they are used as residential or office buildings. In 2003 Manchester received the prize from the EU for the best structural transformation of a European city.

Manchester is also well-known for the two football clubs that play in the English Premier League: Manchester City and Manchester United.

The twinning of Chemnitz and Manchester forms the framework for exchanges in the cultural and athletic fields as well as in work with senior citizens. There are particularly close contacts between the Industry Museums. There is also lively joint participation in EU projects.

In 2003 an updated version of the twinning agreement was signed.


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