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Global Leeds

From attracting major global businesses, to being an international capital of culture and sport, we're strengthening our ambition to be a truly global city.

What makes US globaL?

The beginning of 2021 saw the start of a new relationship between the UK and Europe. And although the UK may no longer be a member of the European Union, it hasn’t stopped Leeds’ desire to cooperate with international partners in Europe and beyond.

A city founded by the Romans, Leeds has a rich history of international cooperation. Our famous cloth industry saw many important international visitors including the King of Denmark who visited Leeds in the 1700s. But it wasn’t until the end of the Second World War that the city began to develop formal links with partners in Germany and France to promote peace, cooperation and international understanding. Over 50 years on and we’re proud to have maintained and developed strong, working partnerships with cities across the globe.

But there’s so much more that makes Leeds a global city with an international mind-set. It’s part of who we are. We’re home to over 160 different nationalities, each one bringing new perspectives and exciting ideas. We’re a global destination for higher education, with the city’s 5 universities welcoming thousands of international students every year.

From attracting major global businesses, to being an international capital of culture and sport, we're strengthening our ambition to be a truly global city.

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