Tampere is a state of mind. It is something that resides within all of us and is deeply rooted in the ridges of the landscape. Here, by the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids, ideas have always been born. They have turned into lines of work – and even entire communities. Whenever a set of machines has fallen silent, new thoughts have soon filled that space. Rolls of cloth have changed into lines of code and unforgettable experiences.
A promise of things to come has been planted into the rough brick walls and the rows of windows rise ever higher. The city skyline may change, but you can always find that familiar feeling in Tampere.
This is home.
According to us Finns, Tampere is the most loved city in Finland to live, study and visit. It is a way of life that carries you away. The secret of Tampere is its authentic identity and atmosphere. Tampere is a functional entity in a compact size, making it an easily accessible European city.
Thousands of congress delegates and over one million travelers visit Tampere every year. Many of them arrive in Tampere by plane.
The industrial structure of Tampere is versatile. Tampere is internationally known as a city of technology and game changing innovations. 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. For example, the world’s first smart phone was developed here.
Tampere is defined by a few unique characteristics: it is surrounded by beautiful lakes, it has a perfect scale for walking and there’s always something new and exciting going on. The center of the city is dominated by industrial heritage; the national landscape 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 state of mind!
- Tampere was founded in 1779 by Gustav III of Sweden
- The third largest city in Finland, and the centre of its region
- Nearly 240 000 inhabitants (prediction 257 300 inhabitants by the year 2030)
- Area 689 km2, from which water 164 km2
- According to studies, Tampere is the most attractive tourism and residential city and the most popular city for studying (Taloustutkimus)
- Located between two lakes – Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi
- The city is diveded in two halfs by Tammerkoski rapids. The centre of city is defined by the national landscape of Tammerkoski rapids, red brick buildings and beautiful lighting
- Impressive history as an industrial city; The Finlayson cotton factory was the first large-scale industry company in Finland
- 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
- Tampere is a city of innovation and technology, and a city of culture and theater
- 170 km (1,5 hours) away from the Helsinki, direct flights to various cities in Europe