A delegation from Debrecen, Hungary's second largest city, visited Jyväskylä on 14.-16.6.

During their visit, Deputy Mayor of Culture and Education, Szabolcs Komolay and other members of the delegation, familiarized themselves with Jyväskylä's cultural projects and visited the Jyväskylä City Hall and Harju’s Vesilinna. Kaisa Leinonkoski-Hirvonen, the Project manager of the Kangas city development area, presented the Kangas region to the visitors.

During their visit to Jyväskylä, members of the delegation discussed with the Mayor of Jyväskylä, Timo Koivisto and the Vice-President of the City Council, Juha Suonnperä, about recent city developments and how to celebrate the upcoming twin city anniversary. The twin city agreement between Jyväskylä and Debrecen was formed in 1970. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the twin city cooperation.

Additionally, the delegation met Tuomas Laine-Frigren, Chairman of the Finnish-Hungarian Friendship Society of Jyväskylä. Before arriving in Jyväskylä, members of the delegation attended the Finnish-Hungarian Twin City Conference, which was held in Hämeenlinna on 12-14.6.2019.

Cooperation between Debrecen and Jyväskylä

Many actors have relations and collaborations between cities. In addition to the city of Jyväskylä, cooperation between the University of Jyväskylä and the Kossuth Lajos University of Debrecen has a long tradition, for example.

Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences has a cooperation agreement with the University of Debrecen and Tiimiakatemia has its own unit in Debrecen. Lehtisaari Comprehensive School and Korpilahti Comprehensive School have agreements with schools in Debrecen and visits are made on alternating years.

Additionally, the Korpilahti Pyrintö Youth Volleyball team has participated in the Eötvös tournament for several years. In turn, Debrecen’s volleyball teams have made visits to Jyväskylä. The mutual annual cooperation between the cities also includes scholarship grants for Finnish and Hungarian languages.

More information:

Satu Heikkinen, International Relations Manager, City of Jyväskylä, Tel. +358 14 266 1561