Tampere in a nutshell
Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. Tampere scores highest as the most desirable place to live in among Finnish people. The city is famous for its industrial history, rock music, the local treat black sausage and high tech expertise.
The city is growing rapidly, but hasn’t lost its laid-back small town rock n’ roll atmosphere.
Currently there are 232 000 inhabitants in Tampere, a city surrounded by two major lakes – lake Näsijärvi and lake Pyhäjärvi. In total close to half a million people live in Tampere Region, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities. The capital area of Helsinki is just 170 kilometres south of Tampere.
Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a centre of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business. With global companies and two universities (Tampere University & Tampere University of Applied Sciences) and their total of close to 30 000 students make Tampere Region a wanted, admired and valued centre of international know-how.
Tampere is being heavily developed further to accommodate future housing and transportation needs, but it has maintained its unique easygoing atmosphere. New city districts and a tram system are being built. The city has an airport with ever increasing numbers of connections to Helsinki, Lapland, Scandinavia, the Baltics and continental Europe.
Main Tampere sub-areas
Sub-areas in Tampere are quite alike but single variables have a few exceptions. There are little detached houses in the central sub-area. Southeastern sub-area has the largest proportion of foreign speakers with 15.7%. There are little residential apartment buildings in the northern sub-area. Central area has less residents between the ages 0-6 than the other areas. More statistics about Tampere sub-areas can be found here (in Finnish).
Tampere sub-areas can be reached with public transport. Bus schedules, routes, tickets, fares and more can be found here. Tampere is also building a modern tramway system. Take a sneak peek at the tramway alliance website.
Tampere city districts
Tampere is currently under major development, both in the city center and in the suburban areas. The Five-star City Centre is one of the main development programmes in Tampere. See how the plans look like. A completely new residential area, Ranta-Tampella, is being developed very close to the city center, right by the Näsijärvi lake.
Outside the city center, new emerging areas include Hiedanranta, a future city district that is being developed with a new concept in collaboration with city residents, businesses and organisations.
Other growing areas include the Vuores district, which lies around 10 kilometres from the city centre. Vuores combines a proximity to nature, high-quality architecture, an ecological attitude, cutting-edge technological solutions, as well as small-town-like services.
Two centuries of Tampere
Tampere was founded by Sweden’s young monarch, Gustavus III, in 1779. Tampere has a monumental industrial history: the Finlayson cotton mill was the first large-scale industrial enterprise in Finland and it was in fact in Finlayson’s factory hall that the first electric light in the Nordic countries was lit.
Through out its history Tampere city has been a pioneer in several fields. During over 200 years the city has developed from an industrial town into a modern centre of high technology and a gathering of theatre and study.