Tampere (Finland)

Twinned since 1961 Tampere Logo
Population: 204,000 (2010)
Area: 236 sq. miles
Website: www.tampere.fi

Tampere lies in the South-West of Finland and is the third largest city in the country.

Its favourable geographic location on the Tammerkoski Rapids offered good conditions for rapid industrial development. The textile, engineering and motor vehicle industries made Tampere into one of the most important industrial cities in Scandinavia during the 19th and 20th centuries. Due to the variety of its industry Tampere is also often called the Manchester of the North.

City of Tampere

Today the lively university town is among the most important scientific and economic centres in the Nordic countries. The bustling city centre offers two theatres and numerous museums and art galleries. With the Tampere Hall the city possesses the largest concert and congress centre in Northern Europe. The most famous open-air theatre in Finland is also located in Tampere.

Tampere has two harbours for passenger ships, pleasure and sailing boats. South-west of the city at Pirkkkala is Tampere-Pirkkala Airport.

City of Tampere

Tampere has been twinned with Chemnitz longer than any other city. The parallels in the historical development of the two cities formed a good starting point since the textile and engineering industries have also shaped the City of Tampere in recent decades.

The twinning of Chemnitz and Tampere provides the framework for a very active exchange of athletes, artists and specialists in extremely varied fields (administration, transport, work with senior citizens) as well as for joint EU projects. There are also wide-ranging relations between the Technical Universities of Chemnitz and Tampere.


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