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Friendship since 1972

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The partnership between the Hochsauerlandkreis and West Lothian has been a living bridge for the population in both counties for 40 years. There have been many motors of this partnership on the German and Scottish sides, which have managed to bring the people of both counties together. They took many initiatives, especially in the areas of youth welfare, sport and culture.

Board from the left: S. Schüttler, Honorary Chairman E. Schäfer, N. Davie, U. Blum, J. I. Lohmann, B. Markus, E. Hofmann, A. Jolmes, B. Köster-Ewald; missing P. E. Altenwerth, R. Reintke, S. M. Walenta. Place of the photo: West Lothian Platz in Arnsberg Photo: Boris Golz

Jubilee book

This jubilee book contains an exemplary summary of reports on the beginning, development and diversity of the meetings of the partnership between the Hochsauerlandkreis and the West Lothian Council.

Editorial team: Wilfried Gundel, Barbara Köster-Ewald, Astrid Schürmann and Sebastian Schüttler

Partner communities

West Lothian

West Lothian is one of the 32 Council Areas of Scotland and one of the historic counties of the country. The county, also known as Linlithgowshire, was geographically bounded by the rivers Avon to the west and the Almond to the east.


The Hochsauerlandkreis is located in the southeast of North Rhine-Westphalia in the Sauerland. In terms of area, it is the largest district in North Rhine-Westphalia. The administrative centre is the town of Meschede.


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