The Council has longstanding formal sister city or friendship arrangements in place with a number of cities around the world. These include:
- St Petersburg (Russia) St Petersburg is Russia's second largest city with around 4.6 million residents. This is Manchester's oldest formal link and dates back to a friendship agreement signed in 1962, with a strong focus on cultural exchange throughout the relationship.
- Wuhan (China) Wuhan is a city of around 9 million residents within the Hubei province of Central China. Manchester's sister city link with Wuhan dates back to 1986 and is based on economic activity to encourage trade and investment between the UK and China.
- Chemnitz (Germany) Chemnitz is a city of 250,000 residents located in the Saxony region of Germany that shares a similar industrial heritage with Manchester. This sister city link began in 1983 and focuses on social and community links in particular for young people.
- In addition to these relationships Manchester also has friendship agreements with Los Angeles (USA), Faisalabad (Pakistan), Córdoba (Spain), Rehovot (Israel) and Bilwi (Nicaragua).