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Last updated: August 26, 2017

Since September 1979, Guildford has been twinned with Freiburg im Breisgau, a city in Baden-Württemberg (in the south-west of Germany) with a population that now exceeds 220,000 inhabitants.

Also in 1979 the Guildford-Freiburg Association ('GFA') was formed, to promote understanding between Guildford and Freiburg, as well as to strengthen the bonds between them, through:

  • Contacts: personal, social, sporting, cultural, business and official;
  • Exchange visits and links: between schools, businesses, clubs and societies.

LATEST NEWS – CHANGE OF CHAIR: At our AGM in May, Barbara Ford became Chair of the Association. 

Barbara said: “Our thanks go to Peter Slade, who held the post for 11 years, for his tireless and sustained effort which was largely responsible for the current flourishing of the GFA. He is a hard act to follow, but I will do my best because I believe that the twinning, with the international interest and sympathy it fosters, is even more important now than it has ever been, given the uncertain times including of course the imminence of Brexit.”

For further information: use the menu options shown in the panel on the left side of this page to gain access to the latest GFA-related news, current and archived GFA Updates and Annual Newsletters, GFA AGM Minutes, details of current contacts associated with the GFA, as well as other information about the twinning and useful other Freiburg-related links.

Chart showing relative locations of Freiburg and Guildford


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