Tampere (210,000 inhabitants, more than 340,000 in the metropolitan area) is one of the most important cities of Finland, located in southern Finland, in the famous Finnish Lake District, between the lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi about 180 km north of Helsinki.
City of foundation is not too old, Tampere was founded in 1775 by the Swedes as the site of a market along the channel Tammerkoski. In the nineteenth century, the city grew significantly, becoming an important center for the textile industry.
Tampere has a very modern and functional aspect with a well designed and planned urban development, the city is a cultural center of the country, with two major universities, and is also home to major companies in the footwear, textile, technology, engineering, and mechanical properties.
Among the things to see there are some interesting museums, the most important museum is the Museum Centre Vapriikki home to eleven different types of exhibitions and museums including the Museum of Natural History (Tampere Museum of Natural History) and the Museum of the Shoe (Shoe Museum).
For children there is the Museum of Moomin (Moomin Museum) devoted to children’s stories of the Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson. The city has among its most visited attractions the amusement park Särkänniemi where there are a children’s zoo, an aquarium, a planetarium and a dolphinarium.
The city is now home to the second largest airport in Finland (Tampere-Pirkkala), where Ryanair flights land from different European countries.