Turku and the Italian city of Florence have had a twin city relationship for 30 years. To mark the anniversary, Florence Mayor Dario Nardella was invited to bring a humanitarian message to the Ecumenical Christmas event taped in Turku on 15 December 2022. In connection with the visit, Mayor Nardella and Turku Mayor Minna Arve signed an update of the twin cities agreement between Turku and Florence.

As President of the Eurocities network, Dario Nardella has taken a powerful stand to support Ukraine against Russia's war of aggression. The fund-raising drive organised by the City of Turku in December on behalf of the City of Kharkiv is part of the Eurocities network’s Generators of Hope campaign to support Ukraine.

The campaign was jointly launched in November by Mayor Nardella and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola.

The newly updated twin city agreement underscores the determination of Turku and Florence to work together to develop solutions of sustainable development and to intensify their cultural cooperation.

Mayor Dario Nardella brought a humanitarian message to the Ecumenical Christmas in Turku event, which was taped on 15 December 2022. Photo: Timo Jakonen