International Tampere

Santtu-Matias Rouvali, chief conductor of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali is the Chief Conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra until autumn 2023.


Tampere is known for its distinctive local culture as well as its vivid and original sauna traditions. But almost secretly, it has become a city of international buzz among artists, musicians, architects, and Hollywood stars alike. 

For the pleasure of Tampere citizens, actor Brad Pitt and rock star Nick Cave chose to exhibit their artwork publicly first time in their life at Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere in late 2022 and early 2023.  Their premiere in visual arts took place in Thomas Houseago's exhibition WE with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt.

World-class artists and bands such as Eric Clapton, Johnny Depp, Queen, Steve Vai, 50 Cent, Sting and Robbie Williams have all recently made their way to Tampere. Not least due to Nokia Arena, Europe’s leading and award-winning multipurpose venue designed by American architect Daniel Libeskind.

On the other side of the road, classical music superstar Santtu-Matias Rouvali leads the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, who welcomes the likes of Kaija Saariaho and Kirill Gerstein to Tampere this season. Rouvali leaves his position after 10 years in autumn 2023, and will be replaced by Matthew Halls.

Who knows, if before that there will also be another Hollywood movie shot in Tampere, after Riley Stearns’s Dual starring Aaron Paul and Karen Gillan was fully filmed in Tampere in 2020. Director David Fincher's visit to Sara Hildén exhibition will definitely not harm those ambitions. 

Welcome to Tampere, a city of world-class culture!

Expats in Tampere

Number one city for internationals in Finland


Most wanted city in Finland for business and living. Tampere is a regular winner in annual researches looking for Finland's most wanted city for business and living.


Most loved tourism city in Finland. A special, laid-back Tampere atmosphere keeps attracting tourists to visit the Sauna Capital of the World and its major events, museums, theatres and sports.


Number one student city in Finland. Versatile education opportunities, unbeatable living environment, and active student societies have made Tampere Finland's most popular city for students.

Tampere inside and outside

Story of Tampere

Tampere. Tampere is a state of mind. It is something that resides within all of us and is deeply rooted in the ridges of the landscape. Here, by the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids, ideas have always been born. They have turned into lines of work – and even entire communities. Whenever a set of machines has fallen silent, new thoughts have soon filled that space. Rolls of cloth have changed into lines of code and unforgettable experiences. A promise of things to come has been planted into the rough brick walls and the rows of windows rise ever higher. The city skyline may change, but you can always find that familiar feeling in Tampere. This is home.

Tampere Ambassadors

Tampere Ambassadors are a group of internationally renowned researches, pioneers in business sector, influential players in culture, international experts, and alumni of Tampere Universities, who promote the international activities of the city on many fronts.

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