Victoria's relationship with the United Kingdom and Europe
Victoria's relationship with the UK and Europe
Victoria has a long and rich relationship with the United Kingdom and Europe, built on a history of migration, trade, investment and long established cultural ties. Victoria has been represented in the United Kingdom by the Agent-General for Victoria since 1868, and has maintained a Victorian Government Business Office in Frankfurt since 1982.
As major source markets for direct investment to Victoria, the United Kingdom and the major economies of Western Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands) are also significant markets for Victorian pharmaceutical products, digital technologies, consumer goods and food products. The United Kingdom is Victoria's third largest source of international tourists, with other European markets such as Germany and France also major sources.
Strong cultural ties underpin Victoria's engagement with Europe and the United Kingdom. Extensive people to people links are supported by institutional ties and partnerships such as the City of Melbourne's sister-city relationship with Milan, established in 2004.