City of Tampere

Tampere is the second largest city region in Finland, some 170 km north of the capital Helsinki. Tampere was founded by Sweden’s young monarch, Gustavus III, in 1779.


Currently, there are over 215,000 inhabitants in Tampere, and close to half a million inhabitants in Tampere region, which comprises Tampere and its neighboring municipalities. Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a center of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business.
During the past decade, the City of Tampere has been the most popular city to move into in national image surveys comparing the largest cities in Finland.

Tampere is a traditional center of Finnish industry. Today, the city is best known for its high tech and extensive know-how in various fields. ICT with mobile applications, intelligent moving machinery, life science materials and new therapies together with a growing creative industries sector are the main spear heads. Sophisticated high tech applications characterize not only the more expertise-intensive industries but also so-called traditional industries and products. Approximately 17,500 enterprises operate within the Tampere central region, of which 80 percent employ less than ten persons.

Tampere is a city of knowledge and home to people with diverse skills and know-how. Expert people and organizations support the development laid down in the city’s strategies. Expertise-intensive sectors provide employment to educated people, in particular. As much as 29% of the population of Tampere holds a tertiary degree and 38% have completed upper secondary education. Skilled people are continuously being trained to meet the needs of the labor market.

Tampere University of Technology

The campus of the Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in the suburb of Hervanta is a community of 10,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and close to 2,000 employees. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University’s activities. Around 1,500 foreign nationals from more than 60 countries work or pursue studies at TUT.

The University combines a strong tradition of research in the fields of natural sciences and engineering with research related to industry and business. Technology is the key to addressing global challenges. The University’s leading-edge fields of research are signal processing, optics and photonics, intelligent machines, biomodelling and the built environment.

TUT generates research knowledge and competence for the benefit of society. The University is a sought-after partner for collaborative research and development projects with business and industry and a fertile breeding ground for innovation and new research- and knowledge-based companies.

In 2011 the total funding of TUT Foundation, which operates as Tampere University of Technology, was 148.3 million euros. Close to 50 % of the University’s funding was external funding, such as revenue from The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), industry, the Academy of Finland and EU projects.

City of Tampere

Department of Urban and Economic Development
PL 487
33101 Tampere

Minna Merikoski
EU Project Coordinator

+358 40 841 6917


Website (City):

Tampere University of Technology

P.O. Box 527
FI-33101 Tampere

Jaana Kaartinen
Brand Direktor

+358 50 370 4518


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