The restricted services in the libraries on March 8th - 28th
Tampere City Library will apply the new recommendations given by the regional COVID-19 steering group. The following library guidelines are taken into practice on March 8th.
Tampere City Library will apply the new recommendations given by the regional COVID-19 steering group. The following library guidelines are taken into practice on March 8th.
As instructed by the Finnish government and Pirkanmaa's regional pandemic control group, Tampere Vocational College Tredu will start distance learning and teaching on Monday the 8th of March 2021 to limit the spreading of coronavirus. The distance learning arrangements will last three weeks until the 28th of March 2021.
Kototori, a multilingual, low-threshold, guidance and counselling centre at Hervanta in Tampere will open again on Tuesday, 2 March 2021 after a break. During this break, Kototori has moved to new facilities at Lindforsinkatu 8 (1st floor).
Tampere is extending COVID-19 vaccinations for people in risk groups. The vaccinations are now available for Tampere residents of 60–64 years of age, with an illness or condition that is highly predisposing to severe coronavirus disease. The vaccinations for 65–69-year-olds in risk groups continue normally.
The Kaukajärvi health Centre in Tampere will implement a new operating model that aims to streamline customers’ access to treatment. Starting from Monday, 1 March 2021, the customers of the Kaukajärvi health centre should contact their local health centre directly instead of going through the health care counselling service.
Coronavirus vaccinations for people turning 80 this year, i.e. those born in 1941 or earlier, are to begin in Tampere. Vaccinations will be given at the city’s health centres by appointment. Caregivers who live in the same household as a person over 80 years of age with a decision on support for informal care will also be given the vaccination, as well as people over 70 who live in the same household.
The City of Tampere has launched a new Tampere Ambassadors program from the beginning of 2021 with a new concept.
This audiovisual extravaganza brings together the hottest European figure skating, ice hockey and performing arts talents for a unique family show.
Tampere has received a batch of Astra Zeneca’s vaccine and will begin coronavirus vaccinations for people in risk groups. In line with the national guidelines, the Astra Zeneca vaccine will only be given to people under 70 years of age. Therefore, 65–69-year-olds with an illness that is highly predisposing to severe coronavirus disease belong to risk group that will be the first to get vaccinated.
The City of Tampere and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment have signed an ecosystem agreement for 2021–2027 to strengthen innovation activities.
The solo exhibition of Vehosalo’s works is a retrospective collection of the artist’s middle period that occupies the whole museum.
The City of Tampere has started using a multilingual coronabot. You can ask the coronabot questions related to COVID-19 at any time of the day. In addition to Finnish, the bot can give advice in over one hundred languages.
The City of Tampere has begun a survey to gauge the well-being experienced by citizens in the various neighborhoods of Tampere. The map-based survey is open between 1 and 14 February 2021.
The City of Tampere has awarded the mechatronics research team of Tampere University with the Technical Creativity Award (EUR 4,000) of the year 2020. The team developed the mechanical structure parts and mechatronic systems of Unexmin, an entirely new kind of autonomous underwater robot. The members of the research team are Kari T. Koskinen, Jussi Aaltonen, Jouko Laitinen, Arttu Heininen, Jose Villa Escusol and Tuomas Salomaa. Additionally, the award committee gave an honourable mention (an award of EUR 1,000) to the model developed by Janne Ruokonen that enables the utilisation of data provided by forest harvesters in the development of new and efficient learning methods.
The Lielahti health centre in Tampere is implementing a new operating model. Starting from Monday, 1 February 2021, the customers of the Lielahti health centre should contact their health centre directly instead of going through the health care counselling service.
The City of Tampere is preparing a mass vaccination site in the gyms at Tampere Stadium in Ratina for coronavirus vaccinations. Vaccinations will commence at Ratina once vaccinations for the under-70s begin, which is expected to be at the turn of February–March. In addition to the mass vaccination site, vaccinations will also be administered at the city's health centres in Tampere and Orivesi.
The comprehensive plan for the inner city of Tampere has been updated. The proposal for the draft of the comprehensive plan can be viewed from 14 January to 15 February 2021 on the website of the City of Tampere. Areas between southern Tampere, Näsijärvi in the North and the freeway 9 starting from Hangaslahti of Näsijärvi are a part of the planning area of the comprehensive plan. A separate, strategic local master plan is valid in the city centre of the city.
This new year full of hope will begin with the Tampere Smart City Week conference to be held virtually on 26–28 January 2021. The event presents the latest phenomena and solutions in smart city development.
The home service for families with children have a new customer contact number from 11 January 2021 in Tampere and Orivesi.
The application period for morning and afternoon activities and for Eppu club activities for the next school year 2021–2022 in Tampere has begun. This application period concerns children who are currently participating in preschool education who will start school in August 2021. Furthermore, this application period concerns first grade pupils who will commence in second grade in August 2021. Applications must be submitted by 22 January 2021.
Enrolment for children starting preschool next autumn has begun in Tampere. The enrolment for preschool and supplementary activities takes place through the City of Tampere website and must be completed by 22 January 2021.
A public 24-hour on-call medical helpline 116117 launches in the Tampere Region on Friday 1 January 2021. The helpline 116117 serves all residents in the Tampere Region outside the opening hours of their local health centres. A nurse assesses whether urgent care is needed and guides the caller to the correct location for medical care. The helpline also offers help and self care guidance for sudden health problems.
The Corona pandemic has made the operation of multi-cultural associations in many ways more challenging. Due to these issues the Cultural Services of the City of Tampere has decided to declare an application process for a one-time grant of 2000 €, for supporting the operation of multi-cultural associations.
The students of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) and Police University College will transfer from using the City of Tampere’s Student Health Care services to using the Finnish Student Health Service’s (FSHS) services from 1 January 2021 onwards.
Student Health Care’s Tullinkulma service unit moves at the turn of the year from Hammareninkatu 7 to new premises on the same street. The service unit’s new address is Hammareninkatu 5 B (3rd floor), 33100 Tampere. Phone numbers and telephone service times will change as well.
The idea of urban food production is to produce food close to the consumer while saving natural resources. The KIEPPI project of the City of Tampere involves three companies who are testing new methods of growing food for citizens in a sustainable way.
This autumn, 13 operators in Tampere will launch their crowdfunding campaigns in order to fulfil their dreams. These campaigns aim to help special groups as well as promote hobby opportunities and a sense of community. The city support the Mun Tampere campaigns and challenges everyone to participate in supporting them. The campaigns have their own page in the Mesenaatti.me crowdfunding service: mesenaatti.me/mun-tampere.
At the beginning of next year, the City of Tampere mental health and substance abuse services, which serve residents of Tampere, Orivesi, Pirkkala and Vesilahti, will be integrated with Tampere University Hospital Psychiatry. The objective of the integration is to ensure continued access to high-quality psychiatric services for the residents of the area.
Based on the experience gained in the spring, contact teaching is the best form of teaching. Therefore, our aim is to keep the secondary education in contact and hybrid teaching for as long as it is possible in Pirkanmaa. To be able to do that we recommend the use of masks.
Tampere City Library will apply the new recommendations given by the regional COVID-19 steering group. The collection areas are opened again to customers on the 14th of January. Customers can now borrow items normally from the shelf. Other restrictions on services remain unchanged.
The COVID-19 situation in the Tampere Region has worsened over the past week, so new recommendations from the regional COVID-19 steering group on stricter restrictions will be introduced in the services of the City of Tampere. The restrictions will take effect on 2 December and are set to continue until 21 December.
A coronavirus service point has been opened in the Hervanta district of Tampere. The service point carries out coronavirus tests without appointment. In addition, the service point provides coronavirus instructions in various languages. The purpose of the new service point is to offer coronavirus information and testing to those residents of Tampere who have difficulties in booking an appointment for a coronavirus test through Omaolo or by phone for example because they do not speak Finnish, Swedish or English.
Pirkanmaa’s Pandemic Control Group issued tougher coronavirus restrictions on 24 November 2020 as the coronavirus situation in Pirkanmaa has worsened considerably during the past two weeks.
Due to the high demand for influenza vaccination, new vaccination appointments cannot be booked from the health centres in Tampere or Orivesi. Vaccinations at child welfare clinics and school and student health services for people who belong to a risk group will continue as normal until further notice.
Tampere and Tampere Region’s European Capital of Culture application is moving on to a new phase with the appointment of three parties to a creative committee to lead the process. The team will lead the development of the creative programme for the Capital of Culture year. The programme content has been developed by industry professionals through, among other things, an open call for programme proposals.
In 2018, the first humanoid robot Elias arrived at the Tammelan koulu school with the Smart Tampere Digitalization Program experiment. Its jovial nature, encouraging teaching style and smooth moves instantly appealed to both pupils and teachers.
This year, Tampere Christmas Market will open in two stages: the restaurants and some of the cottages will open for Christmas on Saturday, 28 November, and the whole market will be open from 4 December. There will be no major event to open the proceedings and other new arrangements have also been introduced to Christmas Market so that the area will be safe both for vendors and customers.
The city of Tampere in Finland was one of the six finalists in the Smart City Award competition. This year’s award is given to Shangai, China. The award is given to a city that has created an exceptionally extensive strategy that takes residents into account and brings together different projects, initiatives and operating principles.
A 24/7 Medical Helpline 116 117 will be launched in the Tampere Region in January 2021. The helpline serves all residents in the Tampere Region outside the opening hours of local health centres. A nurse assesses whether urgent care is needed and guides the caller to the correct location for medical care. The helpline nurses also offer help and self care guidance for sudden health problems.
Tammelakeskus Health Centre in Tampere is introducing a new operating model on 16 November 2020, in which the health centre’s own multi-professional team responds to customers’ contacts. At the same time, the health centre’s contact channels will change.
Tampere is the only Nordic city to be included in the final of the international smart city competition. The competition is hosted by the annual fair and conference event Smart City Expo held in Barcelona, Spain. The winner will be announced on 18 November.
Voting in participatory budgeting in Tampere takes place on 1–30 November 2020. The citizens of Tampere vote for the utilisation of EUR 450,000 for the benefit of children and young people. The project includes 120 proposals. Citizens get to choose and vote for the proposal of their choosing. All proposals can be viewed on the mun.tampere.fi website where the voting takes place. All citizens of Tampere who are 12 years of age or older this year are eligible to vote.
The Tramway Alliance will begin the construction of the second section of the Tampere Tramway Alliance (Pyynikintori-Santalahti-Lentävänniemi) in November. The tramway between Pyynikintori and Lentävänniemi will go through Santalahti, Hiedanranta and Niemenranta.
Do you think you have the coronavirus infection? Fill in a coronavirus symptom checker online at Omaolo.fi and let the professionals evaluate your situation. This way you can get instructions easily and quickly and, if necessary, you’ll be referred to a coronavirus test without having to queue on the phone. The coronavirus symptom checker is available at the Omaolo website in English, Finnish and Swedish.
Every year, the City of Tampere presents a Technical Creativity Award. The candidate search for the recipient of the year 2020 award has started and will end on 8 November 2020. The city is looking for a candidate who has applied technical competence in practice in an innovative way.
The health centres, child welfare clinics as well as school and student health services of the City of Tampere will initiate influenza vaccinations on Monday 19 October 2020. Due to the coronavirus situation, influenza vaccinations are mainly given only by appointment or during other visits to the health centre to avoid queues in the waiting rooms.
Every Tampere Day, the City of Tampere traditionally bestows an award on distinguished individuals whose life’s work or activities have contributed to the development of the city and the well-being of its residents. This year, to celebrate the City of Tampere’s 241st anniversary, the city wants to recognise individuals who have been active in the city’s business sector for a long time.
This year, the Tampere Jazz Happening will feature a completely Finnish programme. For this exceptional edition, the festival is presented on a smaller scale than usual, during four days, between 29th October and 1st November 2020. The event has two dedicated venues, Pakkahuone and Telakka, and they will welcome a total of 18 ensembles and orchestras.
This year we are celebrating Tampere’s 241st anniversary. Due to exceptional circumstances, the full programme for Tampere Day will be organised online. Tampere Day will be celebrated on 1–4 October with an assorted programme including live webcasts and video recordings.
Tampere was accepted to become a member of the international UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).
This year, everyone can participate in the Tampere Day concert.
A new library will open in the yard of Nekala’s school building. The first mobile container library in Finland will operate with extensive, self-service opening hours.
The Associates exhibition opening on 12 September presents the works of six members of the Tampere Artists’ Association, who are also represented in the collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation.
An international architectural competition for the Sara Hildén Art Museum’s new building has been launched. The competition is organised in cooperation with the Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, the Sara Hildén Foundation and the City of Tampere. The architectural competition lasts from 31 August to 2 December 2020, and the results will be published in early 2021.
Tampere Hall and the Tampere 2026 European Capital of Culture bid and Tampere Hall are teaming with Tallinn Music Week to curate the festival’s opening night at Fotografiska Tallinn on Thursday, 27 August. Among the performers is for example Jesse Markin, one of the brightest new stars from Tampere Region, winner of the two Emma prizes and winner of the Teosto prize.
The Nordic countries’ social, health and care directors held a joint conference on the topic of the covid-19 situation. Due to the pandemic, the annual meeting was arranged as a virtual conference, hosted by the city of Tampere on 20-21 Aug. Sharing the experience made and learning from each other was a key issue at the meeting for the cities as they are developing plans and strategies for preventing the spread of coronavirus.
The City of Tampere, Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences are developing a more systematic and long-running cooperation. The purpose of this partnership agreement is to enforce international cooperation, attract international talent, promote employment and develop student services, among other things.
On Thursday 13 August 2020, The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) issued a recommendation that urges citizens to use face masks to protect other people. Face masks provide one means of preventing the spread of coronavirus infections.
Two new day-care centres of the City of Tampere will be inaugurated at the beginning of August: The Mustametsä day-care centre in Nekala and the Hippos day-care centre in Kissanmaa. In addition, several other day-care centre and school construction and renovation projects are under way in different areas of the city.
Following the recommendation of the Finnish National Agency for Education, in the upper secondary schools of Tampere, the school year begins with contact teaching at their premises. The development of the coronavirus situation is monitored, and teaching is planned from the beginning so that, if necessary, it is possible to quickly and flexibly switch to remote or hybrid teaching.
The comprehensive schools in Tampere have updated their guidelines relating to the coronavirus epidemic based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and infections.
The day care centre and open early education clubs in Tampere operate in accordance with the Finnish national hygiene and operating guidelines issued by the authorities. The goal is to avoid the spread of the coronavirus infections.
Tampere welcomes 2,150 first graders this autumn. The school year will begin at Tampere’s comprehensive schools on Tuesday, 11 August 2020.
Jenni Yppärilä’s exhibition Passing by at the Haihara Art Centre 8.8.–30.8. Since 2012 Yppärilä has been documenting built environments in Finland and elsewhere in the form on three-dimensional paintings.
Jukka Silokunna's Entropy I exhibition at Haihara Art Centre 8.8.–30.8.2020. Jukka Silokunnas is a media artist working with video, animation, and Augmented Reality.
While travelling, one should remember to avoid physical contact, maintain a safe distance from other people and follow good hand and coughing hygiene. Coronavirus is primarily transmitted as a droplet infection when a diseased person coughs or sneezes. Coronavirus causes a sudden respiratory tract infection. The symptoms include e.g. a cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and headache.
Tampere and 19 municipalities in the surrounding region continue to the second stage in the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2026. The second stage of the Capital of Culture application is being prepared by a new application team.
A new Tramway artwork will be revealed in Tampere's Vuohenoja district next summer. The creator of the work was sought through an open international art competition of the Tramway Art project, for which 114 entries were received. The competition was won by the Swedish working group Brrum, consisting of Cecilia Lundbäck, Ulrika Karlsson and Veronica Skeppe. The artwork is funded by the A.R. Winter Memorial Foundation together with City of Tampere.
The Rapid Tampere collaboration programme in Tampere, Finland, will open a new application round for high tech companies around the world in August. The first round in 2019 was a success with almost 350 applications from 48 different countries and created new collaboration between technology and industrial companies.
The City of Tampere health centres will be open as usual all summer. The only exception is that the Kämmenniemi Health Centre will be closed from 29 June to 2 August 2020.
The indoor sports venues managed by the City of Tampere are re-opening from 1 June onwards. Furthermore, the previously ordered restrictions for the outdoor sports venues are being eased from the beginning of June onwards.
The Tampere Swimming Centre, outdoor swimming pool and the Pyynikki indoor swimming pool are re-opening on 1 June.
The museums of the City of Tampere that have been closed due to the coronavirus situation are re-opening in June.
The branches of the Tampere City Library will open on 1 June, with the exception of Koukkuniemi Library. Self-service opening hours will not be used for now.
Tampere Art Museum opens 2 June 2020 presenting two exhibitions. Covering two floors of the museum, the exhibition of Joseph Alanen (1885–1920) presents a wide selection of his works on Kalevala themes, but there are also depictions of folk life, religious subjects, prints and drawings. Tampere-based artist Ilkka Väätti (b. 1955) is known as a painter, graphic artist and builder of architectons. Ilkka Väätti’s exhibition Hommage presents his latest works from 2017-2020.
This spring, upper secondary schools in the City of Tampere will be organising their spring ceremonies over virtually. Upper secondary schools will have their own virtual spring ceremonies on Saturday 30 May at 10 a.m. Each upper secondary school will inform its own students more specifically about their own spring ceremony.
The early childhood education and preschool education of the City of Tampere will continue their operations in the day care and school premises from Thursday, 14 May 2020 in accordance with the Government’s policy.
In line with government policy, basic education in Tampere will return to contact teaching from Thursday 14 May 2020. Parties organising teaching in Tampere have planned staff and other arrangements so that contact teaching can be implemented in a controlled and safe manner.
Tampere City Library units will open on 1 June. However, customers can pick up their reservations from the Main Library Metso as well as Sampola, Hervanta, Lielahti and Koilliskeskus libraries already starting from Monday 11 May.
Last autumn, the Walk of Fame Finland (Tähtikatu) was inaugurated in Tampere as a tribute to Finnish music, artists, music makers and producers. Now you have another chance to influence which names from the music industry you would like to see immortalised on the star plates on the Walk of Fame Finland. Suggestions for names to be immortalised on the star plates can be submitted online until 24 May 2020.
An animated video concerning the activities and finances of the City of Tampere in 2019 with English subtitles has been produced. The animation illustrates the most important successes of the year.
The Hervanta health centre is implementing a new operating model. Starting from Monday, 4 May 2020, the customers of the Hervanta health centre should contact their health centre directly instead of going through the health care counselling service. The health centre’s own multi-professional team responds to customers’ contacts.
The English version of the coronavirus symptom checker has been published in the Omaolo online service. If you suspect you have the coronavirus infection, you can assess your need for treatment and get advice on how to stop the virus from spreading by filling in the symptom checker form. The online service is available 24/7.
The City of Tampere’s upper secondary schools and the Tampere Vocational College Tredu will continue remote teaching until the end of the spring semester, 30 May 2020. The city’s Vitality and Competitiveness Committee decided on the matter on 22 April 2020.
The city of Tampere opened the digital service for applying corona-related support on Monday April, 20. Sole entrepreneurs can apply for support from the municipality in which their business has been registered. Applications will be accepted until 30 Sept. 2020.
Tampere will begin trialling participatory budgeting on 15 April. During the trial, residents of Tampere will innovate, plan and decide how to use EUR 450,000 to promote the well-being of children and young people. Anyone can share their suggestions, regardless of their age and place of residence, at mun.tampere.fi. Ideas will be gathered from 15 April to 15 May 2020.
The winner of the competition is the pseudonym Lakes & Roses. The jury praised its excellent overall approach to the urban and landscape architecture, and the clarity of the cityscape. The revealed author of the entry is Architecturestudio NOAN from Tampere, Finland.
The City of Tampere is currently challenging everyone to think about ways to ease the loneliness of Tampere citizens and promote a sense of community in these difficult times. The search is on for new, creative means to ward off loneliness now that ongoing coronavirus measures have limited social contact to a minimum. How best can we overcome this situation and build a sense of community and trust together?
The City of Tampere has opened a counselling line in Arabic, Persian and Russian. The residents of Tampere and Orivesi speaking Arabic, Persian and Russian can ask for advice in matter of medical care and to know how to act if you suspect having got Coronavirus infection.
From 6 April 2020 onwards, the City of Tampere’s oral health care clinics in Tampere and Orivesi will only treat patients requiring urgent and on-call dental treatment in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Non-urgent treatment is disrupted for the duration of the coronavirus situation.