International Organizations

Nashville as a Global Destination

Nashville's population continues to expand in diversity of origin, ancestry and ethnicity, enhancing the region as a cosmopolitan and welcoming place to live and work. The Nashville area has become increasingly popular as a destination for tourists and convention visitors from the U.S. and around the world. Each year, some 12 million tourists and 500,000 convention delegates enjoy the sights and sounds of Nashville. As many as 10 percent of Nashville-area visitors come from outside the U.S., led by Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Australia and Japan.

“Nashville is a vibrant city that attracts tourists and corporate groups into our hotels and corporations into our high rise buildings. The diversity of industry, high quality of life, and lower cost of living make it a place people want to live and where businesses want to invest.”

Elizabeth Randall Winkle Chief Strategy Officer, str

Diversity in the Region

Nashville’s population continues to expand in diversity of origin, ancestry and ethnicity, enhancing the region as a cosmopolitan place to live and work.

  • One in eight Nashvillians is foreign-born
  • International migration accounted for 24% of all net migration into the region between 2018 and 2019
  • Nashville is home to large Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Kurdish and South and Southeast Asian populations
  • Foreign-born population grew by 203% between 1990 and 2000, almost four times as fast as the national average
  • The Nashville region (Smyrna, TN) was the site of Nissan's first automotive assembly facility in North America in the early 1980's
  • Japan is Tennessee's largest foreign investor nation
  • The Consulate General of Japan in Nashville is a full service consular office established to support the area's Japanese population
  • The largest Kurdish community in the world outside the Middle East lives in Nashville
  • Area colleges are home to more than 6,500 international students and scholars
  • British Airways began non-stop service to London in May 2018
  • Nashville currently has active Sister City relationships in nine countries involving business, cultural and educational exchanges. These cities include Belfast, Northern Ireland; Caen, France; Chengdu, China; Edmonton, Canada; Kamakura, Japan; Magdeburg, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Taiyuan, China; and Tamworth, Australia.

Nashville and Middle Tennessee have a wide variety of international business, cultural and social organizations. See list of organizations below:

International Organization Organization Type Website
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business
Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce Business
National Association of Asian American Professionals Nashville (NAAAP Nashville) Business
Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce Business
Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group Business
Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce Business
Tennessee District Export Council Business
World Trade Council of Middle Tennessee Business
French American Chamber of Commerce Business
German-American Chamber of Commerce - Tennessee Business
African Leadership Refugee Ministry Charity
Healing Hands International Nashville Charity
Kurdish Human Rights Watch Charity
Nashville International Center for Empowerment Charity
Nashville Peace and Justice Center Charity
Rotary International Charity
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Charity
World Relief Nashville Charity
African-American Cultural Alliance Cultural
Alliance Francaise Nashville Cultural
Bangladesh Association of Nashville Cultural
Bengali Association of Greater Nashville Cultural
Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville Cultural
Conexion Americas Cultural
Egbe Omo Yoruba of Tennessee Cultural
Global Education Center Nashville Cultural
Greater Nashville Chinese Association Cultural
Igbo People of Nigeria Association Nashville Cultural
India Association of Nashville Cultural
Japan-America Society of Tennessee Cultural
Kurdish Cultural Institute Cultural
Nashville Chinese Cultural Club Cultural
Nashville Cricket Association Cultural
Nashville Kangaroos Cultural
Nashville Oktoberfest Cultural
Scottish Society of Middle Tennessee Cultural
Sister Cities Nashville Cultural
Swiss Society of Nashville Cultural
Tennessee Tamil Sangam Cultural
The Tennessee Kurdish Community Council
United Peruvian Association of Nashville (UPAN) Cultural
Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education Education
Japanese Supplementary School in Middle Tennessee Education
Nashville Chinese School Education
Tennessee Classical Association Education
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute Education
Ukranian Education Center Nashville Education
Consular Office of Japan in Nashville Governmental
United Nations Association of Nashville Governmental
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La Campana Newspaper
Hispanic Family Foundation Non-Profit
Armenian Church of Nashville Religious
Baha'i Faith Center Nashville Religious
Buddhist Association of Nashville Religious
Catholic Charities of Tennessee Religious
InterFACE Ministries Nashville Religious
Islamic Center of Nashville Religious
Jewish Community Center of Nashville Religious
Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Religious
Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Religious
Nashville Korean United Methodist Church Religious
Salahadeen Center of Nashville Religious
Sri Ganesha Temple and Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee Religious

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