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Privileg des Königs Eduard IV. 1547
Stoffe und Pelze
Die Hanse zu Gast in Neuss
Übergabe Hansefahne an Torun

From the Middle Ages to the Present Day

It began as a network of long-distance merchants and developed into a powerful association of cities: the Hanseatic League. For more than 400 years, the Hanseatic League shaped the economy, trade and politics of northern Europe. Today, the Hanseatic cities are reconnecting with their great past: The Union of Cities THE HANSA was founded in Zwolle in 1980 to revive the common cultural heritage and, with almost 200 member cities, is one of the largest voluntary associations of cities in the world.

The medieval Hanseatic League

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Union of Cities THE HANSA

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Member cities

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The International Hanseatic Day

Just as in the Middle Ages, the Hanseatic cities meet regularly at the Hanseatic Day.  And just like back then, the key decisions of the association of cities are made at the Hanseatic Day today. Every year a different Hanseatic city is host and invites you to celebrate Hanseatic history and international understanding. Not only the delegations from the Hanseatic cities take part, but also up to 500,000 visitors from all over Europe.

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New working group "Sustainable Hansa"

At the International Hanseatic Day in Neuss on 28 May 2022, it was decided at the Assembly of Delegates to establish the working group "Sustainable Hansa". The initiative of the two Hanseatic cities of Deventer and Osnabrück met with great approval.

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Position of THE HANSA on the Russian War of Aggression

At the Assembly of Delegates on May 28, 2022, THE HANSA unanimously adopted a statement on the war in Ukraine and the measures to deal with the current situation.

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Attendorn: Finally a Westphalian Hanseatic Day again

After two cancelled Westphalian Hanseatic Days due to the Covid pandemic, the time has finally come again: the 39th Westphalian Hanseatic Day will take place on the second weekend in September. It will be hosted by the Hanseatic town of Attendorn, which is celebrating its Hanseatic heritage at the same time as the 800th anniversary of the town.

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youthHansa: Peace of Harderwijk

In 1446 the peace of Harderwijk was signed, which marked the end of a four years conflict between the German and Dutch Hanseatic cities. On 29th and 30th of September, 35 Dutch and German youthHansa members will meet in the Hanseatic City of Harderwijk to work on the subject of "peace".

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