The Friends of Pskov Association was founded in 1992 to support and develop the twinning of Perth, Scotland with Pskov, Russia. The founding members of the Association also enabled the official signing of the twinning agreement between Perth and Pskov on 4 December 1990 in Pskov and 15 March 1991 in Perth. Ever since, the Friends of Pskov has been about people to people diplomacy and relationships – establishing and maintaining friendships and fostering mutual understanding and respect between the people of Perth and Kinross and the people of Pskov and its region. The Association continues to initiate and manage a large number of Perth and Pskov: Twin Cities projects, most notably in the fields of art, drama, music, education and communities. With many visits to and from Pskov, horizons are being broadened, new knowledge and skills acquired, and lasting friendships forged. The Friends of Pskov is a voluntary community group and the Provost of Perth and Kinross is the Honorary President of the Association. Membership is open to anyone now or formerly living and working in Perth and Kinross. Become our member and Twin City Ambassador! Download our 25th anniversary publication by clicking the THE STORY SO FAR below.
The name Perth derives from the Pictish word for wood or copse. Like its twin city of Pskov, Perth lies on the banks of a major river – River Tay. Perth has a population of about 47,000 and has been known as The Fair City since the publication of the story Fair Maid of Perth by the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott in 1828.
Pskov is one of Russia’s oldest cities, first mentioned in ancient annals of the 9th century. In the Middle Ages, it was the bustling, wealthy capital of the Pskov Republic, acting as a bridge between Russia and Europe along the Hanseatic trading route. It lies on the banks of Velikaya River across from the Estonian city of Tartu – its twin since 2006.