Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. Currently there are over 200,000 inhabitants in Tampere, and almost 300,000 inhabitants in Tampere Sub-Region, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities. Tampere’s population density is 390 per square kilometre and it is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. Tampere’s city centre is surrounded by lake and ridge scenery, sited on an isthmus between lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi.

Founded in 1779 on the banks of the Tammerkoski Rapids - one of Finland's national heritage landscapes - Tampere evolved into the most highly industrialised locality in Finland during the 19th century. Thanks to the new city planning, former industrial areas such as Finlayson and Tampella are alive again: cafés, restaurants, shops, sport and fitness centres, dramatic and cinema theatres, workshops and galleries have found locations there. The converted industrial areas also house a variety of museums, such as Museum Centre Vapriikki, Central Museum of Labour, Textile Industry Museum, Steam Engine Museum, Spy Museum and Rupriikki Media Museum. More about industrial heritage of Tampere.

Besides the rich industrial heritage, there is a lot to see in Tampere: dozens of other museums, galleries and exhibitions, original Finnish architecture, breath-taking lake sceneries, magnificent glacial ridges, beautiful parks and lush forests next to the city centre. More about attractions in Tampere.

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