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Thessaloniki City


  • Mayor: Mr. Yiannis Boutaris
  • Population: About 350,000
  • Area: 17.8㎢
  • Major Industries: Commerce·Trade·Education
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At a Glance

Founded around 315 BC, the City of Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia. The city was named after the wife of King Cassander of Macedon, 'Thessalonike'. It is well-known as the birthplace of the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle, and as the place where the Apostle Paul set up an early church. Geographically, it was located on the ancient Via Egnatia road that connected the Adriatic Sea and the city of Byzantium (now Istanbul). Besides Athens, it is the only city in Greece with universities.

Mayor Hur, Nam-sik of Busan Metropolitan City and Mayor Vassilios Papageorgopoulos of Thessaloniki City signed a Sister-city Agreement at Busan City Hall on March 8, 2010.

History of Exchanges

  • Jan. 2006
    Busan sent a letter of intent on exchange to the City of Thessaloniki.
  • Jul. 2007
    Busan Delegation visited the City of Thessaloniki to discuss a possible sister-city relationship and areas of mutual interest.
  • Aug. 2007
    Proposal of a sister-city relationship with Thessaloniki was approved by the Busan Metropolitan Council.
  • Sep. 2009
    Busan Delegation visited the City of Thessaloniki to finalize the agreement and discuss the sister-cty agreement signing schedule.
  • Mar. 8, 2010
    Signed a sister-city agreement