COLORADO SPRINGS — The City of Colorado Springs announced that Kranj, Slovenia will become a sister city, the newest since 2014.

Kranj will join Fujiyoshida, Japan; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Nuevo Casas Gandes, Mexico; Canterbury-Bankstown, Australia; and Ancient Olympia Greece.

It is an honor to become a sister city with Colorado Springs. With a population of 57,000 people, Kranj is thrilled to be recognized by representatives of the most influential country in the world,” said Kranj Mayor Matjaž Rakovec. “As home to world-class sports infrastructure and elite athletes that train in Kranj and represent Slovenian on the world’s largest stage, I look forward to working alongside Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA.”

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers with Kranj delegates from left to right: First Lady, Urša Manček-Rakovec; Mayor Matjaž Rakovec; Tomaž Lanišek, head of unit for development; David Gojo, data science manager at Snowflake
Credit: City of Colorado Springs

“Our cities share a passion for sports, plus panoramic mountain views with Kranj in the Slovenian Alps and Colorado Springs on the front range of the Rocky Mountains,” said Mayor John Suthers. “We enthusiastically look forward to developing our friendship while engaging on joint efforts to boost our economies and tourism through shared academic and sports programs.”

Launched in 1962 with its first sister city, Fujiyoshida, Japan, Colorado Springs Sister Cities International engages with our global sister cities to advance world peace, friendship, cultural understanding, and mutual economic reward. Kranj will be the first sister city adopted by Colorado Springs since Ancient Olympia, Greece in 2014.