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Md. adds S. Korean sister state; Here’s a list of Md.’s sisters

Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith; left; First Lady Yumi Hogan; center; and Kim Kab-sub; the acting governor of Jeollanam-do; pose for photos after Wobensmith and Kim signed an agreement making Jeollanam-do and Maryland into sister states. (Governor’s Office photo)

Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith; left; First Lady Yumi Hogan; center; and Kim Kab-sub; the acting governor of Jeollanam-do; pose for photos after Wobensmith and Kim signed an agreement making Jeollanam-do and Maryland into sister states. (Governor’s Office photo)

Maryland on Tuesday became a sister state with a South Korean province.

Secretary of State John Wobensmith on Tuesday in South Korea signed an agreement to establish a sisterhood relationship with the province of Jeollanam-do, sometimes translated into English as South Jeolla province. Jeollanam-do is the home province of First Lady Yumi Hogan, who attended the signing.

Members of the Maryland delegation also planted a tree to commemorate the signing of the sisterhood relationship with Jeollanam-do. (Governor’s Office photo)

Members of the Maryland delegation also planted a tree to commemorate the signing of the sisterhood relationship with Jeollanam-do. (Governor’s Office photo)

Under the plan, the state and province will promote trade, business and entrepreneurship, grow educational opportunities and foster cultural and artistic exchange. The province already has a similar relationship with Howard County.

Members of the Maryland delegation also planted a tree to commemorate the signing.

Jeollanam-do is the second South Korean province to have a sister state relationship with Maryland; the other one, Gyeongsangnam-do, sometimes translated as South Gyeongsang province, became a sister of Maryland in 1991. The Maryland Sister States Program started in 1980.

Interested in knowing who else Maryland has a sister state relationship with? Here’s a list of Maryland’s sister states, and the years that they became sisters of Maryland, according to the secretary of state’s office.

  • Anhui Province, China 1980
  • Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan 1981
  • Nord-Pas de Calais, France 1981
  • Walloon Region, Belgium 1989
  • Gyeongsangnam-Do, Korea 1991
  • Lodz Region, Poland 1993
  • Leningrad Oblast, Russia 1993
  • State of Jalisco, Mexico 1993
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1999
  • Bong and Maryland counties, Liberia 2007
  • Harju County, Estonia 2009
  • Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam 2011
  • Kocaeli Municipality, Turkey 2012
  • County Cork, Ireland 2013
  • Ondo and Cross River States, Nigeria 2013
  • KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 2015
  • Negev Administrative District, Israel 2016
  • Piura Region, Peru, anticipated 2017

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