Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. Currently there are about 230 000 inhabitants in Tampere, and close to half a million inhabitants in Tampere Region, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities.
Close to nature
Tampere´s city centre is surrounded by lake and ridge scenery, sited on an isthmus between lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi. The Tammerkoski rapids run through the city. Pyynikki, which was formed by the action of ice and sea more than 10,000 years ago, is the world´s highest gravel ridge. At its highest it rises 80 meters above Lake Pyhäjärvi and 160 meters above sea level.
There are 200 lakes and ponds in Tampere, and a total of 450 in the entire region.
The City of Tampere was established by King of Sweden Gustav III in 1779, on the bank of the Tammerkoski Rapids.
Tampere has been industrial pioneer in Finland since the very beginning. For example the first electric light in Nordic countries was lit in Finlayson´s modern production facilities in 1882.