Kaliningrad, Russia became Norfolk’s fifth sister city in 1992. Located on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad has a regional population of 1,000,000 people, 40% of whom live in the capital city. It is the westernmost exclave part of the Russian Federation and the only Russian ice-free port on the Baltic. Founded in 1255 by Teutonic Knights, Kaliningrad was for centuries known as the German city of Konigsberg. It became one of the cities of the Hanseatic League and was once the capital of Prussia. The German philosopher Immanuel Kant spent all his life in the city and died there in 1804. The region’s largest and oldest university now carries his name, Emmanuel Kant Russian State University of Kaliningrad. The city, along with its region, became part of the Soviet Union in 1945 and was renamed Kaliningrad. Kaliningrad’s industry, fishing, and agriculture contribute significantly to the Russian economy; also, ninety percent of the world’s amber is located there.
From 1992 to 2005, several exchanges have taken place, including inbound visits of university professors, physicians, and shipyard managers; and outbound visits of ODU professors and Norfolk Pubic High School teachers and students. NSCA coordinated the shipment of three container loads of medical supplies to Kaliningrad. An inaugural, live web chat between Kaliningrad and Norfolk’s Granby High School and university students was organized in March 2006. In December 2007, NSCA hosted a delegation of Human Services professionals from Kaliningrad with the Open World Program.
Norfolk Sister City Association oversees multiple programs with counterparts in Kaliningrad, including:
- Exchanges of Norfolk Public School teachers and university professors
- Coordination of shipments of medical supplies
- Exchange of physicians and medical professionals from Kaliningrad
- Adult delegation trips to Kaliningrad
- An inaugural, live Web Chat between Kaliningrad and Norfolk high school and university students in March 2006
- Hosted a delegation of Human Services professionals in Dec. 2007 with the Open World Program
- Open World Program 2009: Norfolk hosted a Russian Judicial Delegation from the Ukraine, Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2009
- Open World Welcome Dinner with membership and legal community at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club, September 27, 2009
- Open World Program 2010: Norfolk hosted a Georgian Judicial delegation, October 30-November 6, 2010
- Open World Welcome Dinner with membership and legal community at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club, October 31, 2010
- Open World Program 2011: Norfolk hosted a Russian Judicial Delegation from Penza , March 26-April 2, 2011
- Dinner honoring Russian Delegation and Judge Henry Morgan’s 10 years of participation in OWP Rule of Law with large participation from legal community, March 28, 2011.
- Open World Program 2011: November- Accountable Governance Delegation from Kaliningrad
- April 21-29, 2012, Open World Program- Rule of Law delegation from Kaliningrad
- October 2012, Open World Program- Higher Education
- April 2015 Open World Program
- December 2015 – hosted Annual Membership Meeting at the Chrysler Museum with a focus on the Saints and Dragons exhibit
- October 2016 hosted Open World Program for a six-member delegation of journalists from Yaroslavl, Russia
- February 2017 – Delivered a YGC Program at the Academy of International Studies at Rosemont
- October 2017 – Open World Program – hosted a delegation of Armenian lawyers
Kaliningrad in the News
Short film produced by 2016 Open World Participants in the Journalists Program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc-CeBTXX_k&feature=youtu.be
“Sister Cities Around the World” Video (June 2010)
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