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Tampere is a Way of Life

According to us Finns, Tampere is the most loved residential and tourism city in Finland. It is a way of life that takes you along. The secret of Tampere is its originality. Tampere is a functional entity in a compact size.

Thousands of congress delegates and over one million travelers visit Tampere every year. Many of them arrive Tampere by plane.

The industrial structure of Tampere is versatile. Tampere is internationally known as a city of technology, often going in the forefront of development. The hometown of innovations has made many world-class breakthroughs and has developed products and services that improve the quality of life of ordinary people.

Tampere is defined by a few unique characteristics: it is surrounded by beautiful lakes and eskers, it has a perfect scale for walking and there’s always something new and innovative going on. The centre of the city is dominated by industrial heritage; the national landscpape of Tammerkoski rapids and historical red brick buildings. But in Tampere we don’t look back, and therefore construction sites are often seen in everyday street life. At the moment, the Finland’s largest multipurpose arena, the first Marriott hotel in Finland and a tramway are being constructed in Tampere.

From the cultural point of view, Tampere is defined by our local treats of black sausage with lingonberry sauce and the world’s best doughnuts, morning coffee at Laukontori Market Square enjoyed in a small lake breeze, our imaginative museums, events after events, vibrant cool laziness and the fact that we are the sauna capital of the world.

Tampere is not perfect, it is a city of people, where it’s okay just to be you. Tampere has something wonderfully traditional, even seductive, and something so dynamic but relaxing. Yes, Tampere is a way of Life!


Tampere in a Nutshell

  • Tampere was founded in 1779 by Gustav III of Sweden
  • The third largest city in Finland, and the centre of its region
  • 235 000 inhabitants (prediction 257 300 inhabitants by the year 2030)
  • area 689 km2, from which water 164 km2
  • municipal tax 19,75%
  • located between two lakes – Näsijärvi and Pyhä­järvi
  • the city is diveded in two halfs by Tammerkoski rapids
  • impressive history as an industrial city; The Finlayson cotton factory was the first large-scale industry company in Finland
  • the centre of city is defined by the national landscape of Tammerkoski rapids, red-brick buildings and beautiful lighting
  • Tampere is divided into the following districts: the City Center, Pyynikki, Pispala, Hatanpää, Härmälä, Kaleva, Viinikka, Nekala, Lapinniemi, Petsamo, Kauppi, Peltolammi, Multisilta, Vuores, Hervanta, Eastern Tampere, Western Tampere and Teisko.
  • neighbour cities (Tampere City Region): Kangasala, Lempäälä, Nokia, Orivesi, Pirkkala, Vesilahti, Ylöjärvi
  • according to studies, Tampere is the most attractive tourism and residential city and the most popular city for studying (Taloustutkimus)
  • a city of innovation and technology, and a city of culture and theatre
  • 170 km (1,5 hours) away from the Helsinki, direct flights to various cities in Europe
  • in the Tampere Region, the duration of the year’s shortest day is approx. 5 h 20 min (December 22nd) and the longest day of the year (June 21st) lasts for about 19 h 30 min
  • specialities:
    • local treats: black sausage, World’s best doughnut at Pyynikki Observation Tower Café
    • the first mayor in Finland was elected in Tampere
    • the Sauna Capital of the World
    • hometown of the World’s only Moomin Museum
    • lacking only sea and mountains

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