Hobart’s international relationships

Hobart has a number of formal international relationships. At the core of these varied relationships is the intention to promote understanding. Our international relationships offer a means for our city to recognise and honour a number of our international communities as well as provide opportunities to engage in a variety of activities. These activities are mostly in areas of economic, educational, cultural and knowledge exchange.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in 2020 and 2021 and ongoing financial impacts, the Council decided to pause investigations into new international relationships. You can read the latest report which helped the Council make this decision on the Committee Meeting agendaExisting relationships have been maintained through locally organised activities that have been shared virtually, as well as online engagements. More information can be found on each of the pages for the Council's international relationships. In February 2022 the Council will decide whether to recommence investigating new relationships.


Hobart is one of five global Antarctic gateway cities with a unique geographic, cultural and economic connection to Antarctica.

Visit the Antarctica page to learn more.

Sister Cities

The modern concept of a sister city, or city twinning, arose at the end of the Second World War. Its original intention was to help foster understanding between culturally distinct places that may have been in opposition. City twinning was an act of peace and reconciliation that focused on promoting cultural and economic ties. 

Sister city relationships for Hobart are long-term partnerships based on cultural understanding and exchange.  The City of Hobart has two sister cities:

Yaizu, Japan (1977)

Yaizu City is an important coastal fishing port located in central Shizuoka Prefecture on the east coast of Japan between Tokyo and Nagoya.

The Hobart and Yaizu sister city relationship was established in February 1977.

Yaizu, Japan waterfront

Yaizu, Japan - Encyclopaedia Britannica

Yaizu - Tide-Forecast

Yaizu, Japan - Tide-Forecast.com   

Visit the Yaizu page to learn more.

L'Aquila, Italy (1998)

L'Aquila is located in southern Italy and is the capital city of the Abruzzo region and the Province of L'Aquila. L'Aquila has a population of around 71,000.  The Abruzzo region is where the majority of the early Italian immigrants to Tasmania originated.

The Hobart and L’Aquila sister city relationship was established in 1998.

L'Aquila, Italy - Peter Nirsch

L'Aquila, Italy - Peter Nirsch

L'Aquila, Italy

L'Aquila, Italy -Maps

Visit the L'Aquila page to learn more.

Friendship Cities

The term ‘friendship city’ is one favoured in China. Its essence is very similar to that of a sister city in that it provides a platform for the development of understanding and exchange in areas such as business, education and culture. The City of Hobart has two friendship city relationships structured by mutually developed agreements setting out key areas for collaboration. The main difference between friendship cities and sister cities in the Hobart context are that friendship city agreements have a clause that enable either city to respectfully leave the relationship after a five year period.

Xi’an, China (2015) 

Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China and commonly referred to as the ‘natural history museum’ of China. Xi’an enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of our world’s four major ancient civilization capitals.  Xi’an has a population of over 12 million people. 

A friendship city relationship was established between Hobart and Xi’an in 2015. 

Xi'an - Flickr

Xi'an, China - by Xiquinhosilva

Xi'an - RGD29

Xi'an, China - Maps

Visit the Xi'an page to learn more.

Fuzhou, China (2017)

Fuzhou is the capital city of China’s south-eastern coastal province of Fujian. Fuzhou is a vast industrial and transportation hub with a population of around 8 million people. 

A friendship city relationship was established between Hobart and Fuzhou in 2017.

Fuzhou - Opportunity China

Fuzhou, China
- Opportunity China City Guides

Fuzhou Google Map

Fuzhou, China - Maps


Visit the Fuzhou page to learn more. 

A New Relationship

The City of Hobart has been investigating a new kind of international relationship that in the first instance will be project based. 

Balibó, Timor Leste (2017) 

Timor-Leste is Australia’s nearest island neighbour.  Balibó is a village located in the sub-district of Balibó in the district of Bobonaro ten kilometres from the Indonesian border. It has a population close to 16,000 people.  

Balibo - Wikipedia.jpg

Balibo Village, Timor-Leste by Hans-Peter Grumpe

Balibo - map Wikipedia

Balibo Village, Timor-Leste by J. Patrick Fischer

Visit the Balibó page to learn more.