The Twin Towns

This project is based on the existing network of Enfield’s European twin towns.  Here is more information about each town.  

(See also what is town twinning)


Enfield is an outer London borough situated to the north east of central London within the M25, the motorway which circles greater London. It is the northern-most London Borough and Enfield Town is approximately 20 kilometres from the centre of London. The Borough covers 82.19 square kilometres, much of which was built up from the late 19th century as transport links developed.

Remnants of the area’s rural past survive in the form of place names, interesting old buildings ranging from mansions to cottages, and several village greens.

Enfield has more green open spaces, including a country park and several farms to the north and west, than the vast majority of London boroughs. Along the eastern edge of the borough is the Lee Valley Regional Park .

London comprises 33 boroughs of which Enfield is the 5th largest by population. Enfield is a very diverse Borough, socially, economically and ethnically. The southern and eastern areas of the borough are notably poorer than the northern and western areas.

There are large minority communities of African Caribbean, African, Eastern European and Asian origin and Enfield has the largest Cypriot community in the UK.  A great variety of languages is spoken and Enfield Council publishes many of its leaflets in minority languages.

Enfield has an official population of approximately 287,600 people (2008). It is widely acknowledged, however that it is actually around 300,000. Enfield has a high proportion of older people compared to the London average though not to the national average. The estimated number of over 50s in the Borough in 2008 was 82,000, 28.73% of the Borough’s population. The number of over 50s living in the Borough is expected to increase rapidly (by 9,000) over 10 years so that by 2018 it is projected to be 91,000 or 32.03% of the Borough’s population.


Courbevoie is Enfield’s second twin town, formalised in 1993.  A northern suburb of Paris and home of the city’s business district, La Défense, Courbevoie’s population is approximately 80,000.  

With vineyards from the Middle Ages producing local wine and 286 green spaces in Courbevoie, the town is a green haven for Paris. 

Courbevoie Municipality organise a range of events throughout the year and there are leisure facilities such as theatres and exhibition spaces. Courbevoie is well served with Metro and train links as well as 5 bus routes to central Paris.   

According to 2006 census there are 13,032 citizens aged 60 or over, which is 30.7% of the population.


The city of Gladbeck is located in the central Ruhr area in the northwest of North Rhine-Westphalia, a large district town of Recklinghausen in the administrative region of Munste.  It has an area of 35,9 km² and a population of 75,520.  Gladbeck belongs to the so-called Emscher zone, a former mining region and the city is part of the Ruhr Metropolis. Gladbeck is surrounded in the north by neighbouring cities Bottrop, Dorsten und Gelsenkirchen in the north and Essen in the south.

Gladbeck suffered heavy damage during the Second World War, however some historic buildings still remain and the city is now known for its excellent cultural events such as the annual Jazz festival.


The Municipality of Halandri is one of the biggest in the wider Athens area. It is situated in the north-eastern part of the Attica basin covering an area of approx. 11 sq km. In this significant surface of varied relief one can travel from the quiet relaxed country-like residential zones to a bustling commercial centre and powerful entrepreneurial axes in the periphery. Nevertheless, the main land use remains purely residential with an urban city plan to safeguard this character of the city.

According to the last national census of 2001, the local population has risen to 75,000 inhabitants (+12% the last decade) while it is estimated that more than 120,000 people dwell and work in Halandri.