Exploring Tampere

Finlayson Art Area / Photo by Laura Vanzo

The Tampere Region has so much to offer. As a student studying abroad in Tampere this semester, I want to thoroughly explore the rich culture of the region. I think most people would do some research about a city or country before they decide to study there, but I’m not most people. I showed up knowing basically nothing; as I learn by doing, I will share everything in hopes that you appreciate this wonderful region as much as I have.

Going the Distance for Cheap Alcohol

Journey to the center of the affordable drinks

Victories in Ice Hockey and Zamboni Driving

The only thing sweeter than a Tappara victory is a sports blog.

Robots, and Bunnies, and Snow, Oh My!

The Tampere Smart City Week kicked off this week! At some of the events I attended, I talked to robots, learned about 3D printing and bunnies, and discovered a love of esports.

Jumping Headfirst into Nearly Freezing Water

The first post of my weekly blog as I explore Tampere's culture while working with the Tampere Region 2026 team during my semester abroad at Tampere University.

The city of change and transformation

The building process of the Tampere tramway shows up in the city as a huge, Fellini-kind of circus, and is present for several years in the lives of each citizen. The picture shows the first year's atmosphere of the construction field nearby the photographer's home. The project goes on for 4 and a half years. / Photo by Petri Nuutinen
"Is “metropolis” now the city’s identity or is there a heart of a small city still beating in here?"

A place of genuine encounters

The evening market at the Market Hall / Photo by Laura Vanzo
"Here, customers are allowed to talk about their lives, and the vendors have time and willingness to listen."

Unravelling the heart of the Tampere Region

Visavuori / photo by Ari Korkala
"Culture is not all about standing on ceremony, acting important and drawing lines between people. It is about activities and experiences that respect and value the different preferences of each and every person."

A round trip to Tampere

Night walker / Photo by Hannua Vanhanen
"In the 1970s, it was possible to spot Juice Leskinen sitting in the university campus café, surrounded by students who considered themselves intellectuals."
The Rajaportti Sauna / Photo by Laura Vanzo