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The city of Tampere lies on an isthmus situated between Lake Nasijarvi, which reaches far to the north, and Lake Pyhajarvi in the south. The Tammerkoski rapids that run through Tampere connect the two lakes with a fall of 18 metres. In the 7th century population started to gather to this connecting point of two waterways, and in the 18th century people started to understand the importance of the rapids as a way of making hydropower. So it came to be that Tampere was officially founded in the 1st of October in 1779 by Gustav III of Sweden.
During the 19th century Tampere grew rapidly to be an industrial center, and in the latter part of the century the town had almost half of Finland's industrial labour. Most of the industry was centered around the rapids. In 1927 first of the factories stopped industrial operations, and city offices later moved to the empty buildings. After 1960 most of the factories started to cease operations, but the buildings were kept. Nowadays central Tampere is characterized by these old red-brick industrial buildings, most of them housing offices, restaurants, and cultural activities.
During the Finnish Civil War (1918) Tampere was one of the Red strongholds, and it was supposed to be the country's next capital. However, In April 1918 the White forces captured the town and seized 10,000 prisoners.
Tampere has two universities, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology, each of which has some 10,000 students.
Tampere is serviced by Pirkkala airport (TMP), which lies 17 km from the city. Flying from Helsinki doesn't make much sense in terms of time or money (unless you're connecting), but Ryanair's services to Riga, London (Stansted) and Frankfurt (Hahn) are popular. Bus services to Tampere are regular and take about 40 minutes, taxis take about 20 minutes.
Tampere has extensive train links, including lines to Helsinki and Turku. The trip to Helsinki by Pendolino express takes around 1.5h and costs 28.40?, while a local clunker will take over two hours for the same trip and charge 19€.
The core of Tampere is small enough to cover on foot, but an extensive bus network radiates out to the suburbs. Tampere does not have a metro (subway) train network.
Tampere is (in)famous for its blood sausage (mustamakkara). The most authentic (and cheapest) way to try this is to buy from one of the stalls at the Tammelan tori market, with a dab of lingonberry jam and a pint of milk on the side.
In general, Finland is a fairly safe country, and Tampere is no exception. There are no exceptional crime problems or health hazards, although the extreme cold in the winter should be borne in mind by visitors, especially those planning outdoor activities. Whilst in summer the temperature rises to over 25ºC, in the winter months it can drop to around -30ºC for a day or two.