Welcome to Tampere

The Tampere Region consists of Tampere and the surrounding municipalities of Kangasala, Lempäälä, Nokia, Orivesi, Pirkkala, Vesilahti and Ylöjärvi.

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Tampere was founded as a market place on the banks of the Tammerkoski channel in 1775 by Gustav III of Sweden, was granted full city rights in 1779.

One prominent theory for the city name “Tampere” is that it comes from the Swedish word damber, meaning milldam; another one is that it originates from the ancient Scandinavian words þambr ("thick bellied") and þambion ("swollen belly"), possibly referring to the shape of the Tammerkoski rapids.

Tampere grew as a major market town and industrial centre in the 19th century. The town's industrial nature in the 19th and 20th centuries gave it the nickname "Manchester of the North", Manse for short (in Finnish). The name is however mainly used by the non-locals.

Tampere has a monumental industrial history as the home of Finlayson (the first large-scale industrial enterprise in Finland), a Finnish textile company, and it is still well known brand after 200 years of practice.

Local delicacy and speciality of Tampere: Mustamakkara (literally translated as the black sausage), is a type of Finnish blood sausage, which is traditionally eaten with lingonberry jam.

The population is over 220.000 in Tampere and close to half a million people in the grater Tampere Region

Tampere is Finland’s third largest city

Tampere is located on an isthmus between the lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi.


Figures of the Tampere Region:

Total area: 689,6 km²
Nbr of lakes: 160
Nbr of museums: 22
Nbr of Universities: 2
Municipal tax rate (in 2017) 19,75%
Average temperature: 8,4 C
Warmest month: July (avg temp: 22 C)
Coldest month: February (avg temp: -7,3 C)

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