Mike Schubert, Mayor of Jyväskylä’s twin city Potsdam, and Timo Koivisto, Mayor of Jyväskylä, are due to take part in a ceremony to plant an apple tree gifted by the City of Potsdam in Mäki-Matti Family Park on Friday, 13 September at 3.15 pm.

Joining the Mayors at the planting ceremony will be Alexander Richter, chairman of the Jyväskylä-Potsdam Society. He described the gift as a symbol of the enduring ties between the two cities and said he hoped the people of Jyväskylä would in future be able to enjoy both the apples it produces and the fruits of the two cities’ many joint initiatives. He added that the tree would also stand as a sign of the important action both cities are taking to tackle climate change.

The planting ceremony also marks the 40th anniversary of the Mäki-Matti Family Park. The oldest of its kind in Finland, the park is well known by families across the country. The park forms part of the City of Jyväskylä’s wider early childhood education provision, and hosts many activities and events aimed at families and children throughout the year. Most of the events are offered free of charge.

In addition to the tree planting, Mike Schubert will meet City of Jyväskylä representatives and join runners on the Finlandia Marathon Valon Kymppi 10K race during his visit.

Jyväskylä and Potsdam, twin cities

Jyväskylä and Potsdam have been “twinned” since 1985. The two cities are currently working on a number of shared initiatives, including an EU-funded project on immigration. Preparations are also underway for the Jyväskylän Naislaulajat women’s choir to take part in the ELLA-Frauenchor Festival in Potsdam in spring 2020.

Potsdam also has its own Jyväskylä–Potsdam Society, members of which visited Jyväskylä on 8–10 September 2019.  Links with Jyväskylä’s German twin city are also being actively maintained by the local Finnish–German Society.

For further information, please contact:

Satu Heikkinen, International Relations Manager, City of Jyväskylä, tel: +358 (0)14 266 1561
Petra Linderoos, Chair of the Jyväskylä Finnish–German Society, tel: +358 (0)40 515 7836
Anna Nurmesniemi, Deputy Director of the Mäki-Matti Family Park, City of Jyväskylä, tel: +358 (0)14 266 8162