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Talent Tampere Tampere Ambassador Julia Rigal
Country of Origin

Austria

Country of Recidence

Finland

Where are you from?
I’m from Austria.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I moved to Finland in the summer of 2016 and have traveled to Finland and Tampere many times before that. My professional background is in educational publishing as well as adult education and content writing, and my personal interests include reading, being outdoors, yoga, Pilates and writing.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
I personally love that in Tampere, you’re never far from a lake or a forest and it’s easy to have an active lifestyle. The town is great for cycling in the summer (AND winter, if you are so inclined!) as well as cross-country skiing, ice-skating and snowshoeing in the winter. Plus, the beautiful Seitseminen and Helvetinjärvi national parks are just a 1.5-hours’ drive away. So Tampere has the Great Outdoors, but at the same time it’s a lively town with a very active business, social and cultural life and an international outlook. There is always something going on, with good networking opportunities for internationals.

Tell about your professional activities?
Before moving to Finland, I worked as a textbook editor at one of the leading publishing houses in Austria. Now I am a Project and Account Manager at a Finnish EdTech company which provides digital learning solutions to publishers, so I am super-lucky to have been able to continue my publishing career in Finland!

What is your involvement in international activities?
On the one hand, my main job is very international: at the moment I’m leading or working on projects for customers from Austria, France, Spain and Germany. As I’m a bit of a training and marketing allrounder at our company as well, I am always getting to know potential and new customers from all over Europe, and we’re also looking to expand to other parts of the world in the near future.

On the other hand, even before I landed this job, I was and continue to be active as a content writer and volunteer with Talent Tampere, as well as (on occasion) with other international initiatives. I love writing about issues relating to talent attraction and retention in Finland, as well as Finnish education and education export, so I try to be present whenever an opportunity for content writing or helping local companies establish opportunities abroad presents itself.

What is your mission as a Tampere  Ambassador?
Personally, I want to help our visitors have their own wonderful and unique experiences of visiting Tampere and Finland. While everyone has heard about the lakes and forests, the Midnight Sun and/or the Polar Night, few people are aware of what a culturally rich country Finland is. Tampere especially has such a long and moving history. So I’m always on the lookout for interesting events and activities to share with my friends and family.

Professionally, I am inspired by the vision of Tampere as a brain hub, an education hub. I want to help spread the word about education from Finland and what a friend of mine calls „the human side of innovation“, made in Tampere.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
I’ve come to know Tampere as a small, but lively and international place. Not just expertise – of which there is a lot here –, but attitude and collaboration are valued here, and networking is easy, making Tampere a good place both for individuals and businesses. I think that thanks to these factors, Tampere will keep growing also in the future.

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