Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. The city has over 220,000 and the Tampere region close to half a million inhabitants.
Tampere lies at the heart of Finland’s second most significant economic region. It is the scientific, cultural, commercial and industrial centre of this rapidly growing region in Finland. Founded in 1779, Tampere is situated on an isthmus between lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi, in a beautiful lake and ridge scenery. The Tammerkoski rapids run through the city.
Tampere plays an important role in Finnish industrial history: the Finlayson cotton mill was the first largescale industrial enterprise in Finland, and the first electric light in the Nordic countries was lit in Finlayson’s factory hall.
Today Tampere is known as a centre of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business. Tampere University has many faculties and is well known for its Women’s studies. Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied sciences also attract many students.