The Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership seeks to encourage friendship, understanding, and collaboration between the citizens of Minneapolis and Kuopio, Finland. Focusing in the areas of education, business, arts and culture, and the environment, the Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership promotes exchange of people and ideas, collaboration in ongoing and potential research projects, and sharing of best practices between the two city governments. (Photos above are from the August 2013 visit by a nine-member Minneapolis delegation to Kuopio to celebrate 40 years as sister cities. Photos by Karl Reichert.)