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On the October 16, 1991 a Sister City agreement was signed between the city of Ramat-Gan and the city of Strasbourg.

 

Strasbourg is the capital city of the Region of Alsace (France). It has a population of 253,000 inhabitants and is the center of an urban area with 425,000 inhabitants including 52,000 students. Strasbourg is headquarters to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.


Half way between Milan and London, Strasbourg is situated at the confluence of the areas of influence of the political capitals and the economic centers of Europe. More than 60% of the active population of the European Union and almost 75% of its buying power is to be found within a radius of 800 km.

Strasbourg and Alsace, together with their German and Swiss neighbors in the Rhine basin, form a powerful European region which some people have called "the golden triangle of research and innovation". Indeed, this sector brings together one of the highest density of laboratories and researchers in Europe.

Strasbourg is a symbol of the unity and construction of Europe and is renowned as a business center. It hosts many international events (congresses, conferences, seminars). The city offers a complete range of hotel facilities.

Public transport systems have been given a new lease on life. A new tramline was inaugurated in 1994 and a second opened in autumn 2000. A network of more than 200 km of cycle routes facilitates movement on two wheels. New pedestrian areas have been created in the city center.

With its rich and remarkably varied architectural heritage, classed as a world heritage center by UNESCO, the city offers strollers all the magnificence of the old quarters around the Cathedral and the Petit France, the banks of the river Ill, parks and gardens.

 

Strasbourg is also a high spot for the arts. The city houses several cultural institutions of international repute including the National Opera of the Rhine, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Strasbourg Percussion Group, and offers throughout the year a broad spectrum of cultural events and festivals: the International Music Festival, Musica Festival for Contemporary Music, Jazz d'Or, the European Film Forum, etc.