Nizhny Novgorod's twin cities support their Russian partners during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Head of the Nizhny Novgorod Administration's Committee on Foreign Trade and Interregional Ties Yelena Mishina said at a news conference in the Nizhny Novgorod City Press Center.
Nizhny Novgorod is twinned with 16 foreign cities, including Tampere (Finland), Linz (Austria), Philadelphia (United States), Jinan, Héféi and Wúxī (China), Essen (Germany), Kharkov (Ukraine), Matanzas (Cuba), Suwon (South Korea), Novi Sad (Serbia) and Minsk (Belarus).
During the news conference journalists saw a video address recorded by Suwon's Mayor Yeom Tae-Young for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In the recording, the Korean official said that South Korea played one of its matches in Nizhny Novgorod, and thanked local residents for supporting the team.
"There is a saying in Russia that trees are supported by roots, and people by their friends. I hope that the 2018 FIFA World Cup will offer Nizhny Novgorod an opportunity to find new friends from all across the world, making a step toward a brighter future. Suwon was a World Cup host city 16 years ago. Today, its 1.3 million population supports Nizhny Novgorod and wishes Russia every success in hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup," Yeom Tae-Young said.
Yelena Mishina noted that Nizhny Novgorod benefited from the experience of its Korean friends. The Mayor of Suwon visited Nizhny Novgorod last year and toured the stadium construction site.
"He saw all the progress our city had achieved within a year, and now we are invited to Suwon to study its experience in using the stadium after the World Cup. They have many other projects that could be useful for Nizhny Novgorod. Our cities have a lot in common in terms of population and lifestyle," Mishina said.