Some 9 400 foreign citizens from 125 countries are living in Tampere. Beside them, there are the residents of Tampere who speak other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami as their mother tongue and have already obtained Finnish citizenship. They do not constitute any separate statistics.
Some 130 different languages are spoken in Tampere. The biggest language groups are - after Finnish and Swedish - Russian, Arab, English, Estonian, Chinese, Persian, Kurdish, Vietnamese, Turkish, German and Albanian.
Immigrants come to Tampere for various reasons. The city of Tampere receives, through the system of authorities, some 150 persons a year. They are: refugees (UN quota), returnees (Ingrian Finns) and persons having obtained a residence permit for reasons of family relationship.
Moreover, some 200 persons move to Tampere in an independent way. They are: persons working in various companies in Tampere, students and spouses.
For the city of Tampere, the cultural diversity is a potential to be developed. In cooperation with other interest groups, the social and health services provide support to facilitate immigrants’ integration.
Multi-lingual information and guidance place Mainio helps you in 16 different languages in different topics of everyday life.
The people who move independently to Tampere (with a residence permit) can utilize the same social and health (municipal or private) services as the other residents of Tampere.
Refugees and immigrants requiring specific support: The social services in the beginning stage help you to become integrated in Tampere and to get along independently in daily issues. The first-phase medical consultation of the nurse for refugees and return migrants is located in Hervanta. Newcomers undergo a medical examination.