- Signature of the cooperation agreement: December 8th 1999
- Population: 181,819 inhabitants
- Geographical situation : 3rd Largest City in Portugal, Braga is the capital of the Region Minho ( North-West)
Third largest city in Portugal and capital of the Region Minho, Braga is 2000 years old. It’s one of the oldest Christian cities. As such, it hosts the biggest center of religious studies, which gave the city the name of “the Portuguese Roma”
The industrial activity is the most developed in Braga. From Hat making to soap and perfumes, Braga has known the golden age. Nowadays, we notice the development of small and medium enterprises and big companies in civil engineering. Braga has numerous museums, an opera, a university and hosts an Iberian Nanotechnologies center Spanish and Portuguese partnership) that
Twinned since December 1999, Braga and Clermont-Ferrand have implemented several projects in the fields of economy, culture, sport, youth, urbanism…
In the field of Higher education, exchanges have strongly developed. The City of Clermont-Ferrand and University Blaise Pascal have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the LCE licence, Brasilian and Portuguese Studies, Media and Cultural Mediation
The Pole of International Relations has recently signed a partnership with Braga Exhibition Park in the goal to develop exchanges in the economic sector. As well, technological and scientific innovation collaborations are starting.
Exchange in the field of sport and culture between the two cities are regular. As Clermont-Ferrand is the second largest Portuguese city in France after Paris, associations from Clermont-Ferrand are playing an important part in this partnership. The Saint-Jean Feast organised by “Os Camponeses Minhotos” has become the celebration of all city inhabitants.