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The LGBTQA guide to gay-friendly Tampere


Tampere is a city of people, where it’s okay just to be you. No wonder Tampere is the most loved residential and tourism city in Finland! If you’re looking for information on Tampere’s LGBTIQA scene, here’s a comprehensive guide to LGBTQ-friendly Tampere.

Clubs, events and parties

Opened in 1990, the legendary Bar & Night Club Mixei near Tampere railway station is Finland’s oldest gay bar still in business. Mixei welcomes all open-minded people over the age of 18, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Facebook.

Leimarit is a famed rainbow party organized by Pirkanmaan Seta about eight times a year. Still going strong after nearly three decades, Leimarit has evolved into a phenomenon across Finland. Check the association’s calendar to see when the next party is.

Pirkanmaan Pride is a regional week-long festival in early June that features discussions, workshops, rainbow church and parties. On Saturday, the festival culminates in pride march.

Tampere Pride is a non-political rainbow festival organized every year in July. The NGO behind Tampere Pride also organizes smaller-scale parties during the year; follow their Facebook for more information.

Tampere Queer Festival is a queer-feminist event organized in September/October by Vattu, a feminist group under the University of Tampere Student Union Tamy.

Vinokino Tampere, a side event of Vinokino Helsinki, the only rainbow film festival in Finland, features queer movie screenings at Arthouse Cinema Niagara in November.

Tampereen Mummolaakso, the local chapter of the national Mummolaakso community, organizes activities for adult LBT women, including the women-only ballroom dance night Talvikin tanssit.

Treen Queer-kerho hosts rainbow evenings on the second Thursday of each month.

To find out what’s going on in Tampere right now, check out the Gay Friendly Tampere Facebook group. The discussion is mostly in Finnish, but if you see something interesting, don’t hesitate to ask in English.

Read more about Tampere’s rainbow scene in this article published by the University of Tampere student newspaper Aviisi.

Local LGBTIQA organizations

The social hub of the local rainbow crowd is Pirkanmaan Seta, the regional member organization of the national Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland advocating equal human rights regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Seta also runs a national helpline to deal with issues regarding sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The service is available on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 pm. to 9 pm. (tel. +358 44 300 2355). You can also contact them by e-mail through

More than the Rainbow is an English-speaking rainbow group under Pirkanmaan Seta.

Sekava is a non-political association for rainbow students in Tampere region. The group meets every two weeks and they also arrange parties and excursions to movies, concerts and art exhibitions.

Discussion forums Finnish online community for gay men; also on Facebook. Finnish online community for gay women.