Tampere is the most populous inland city of all the Nordic countries. Its immediate population is somewhat more than 220 thousand, but counting the surrounding (metropolitan) area as well it adds up to some 360 thousand souls. Its location is very special; it lies between two lakes that have an 18 metres difference in their level, and the energy of the waters running in between them has been used since the beginning of the 17th century (today they mainly produce electricity). Thanks to its special place in the country it has always been an important centre of trade and industry, and it continues to be so nowadays (some call it the “Manchester of Finland”).
The city greatly adds to Finland’s GDP with its significantly strong industrial, manufacturing power and research, which is mainly based on mechanical engineering and automation, and the IT sector. There are four higher educational institutes in the city with lots of students (70 thousand only in this region!), who are only waiting for you to be the “special guest” on their “first-degree-party” (be careful though, one of the four schools is the Police College of Finland).
As soon as you start looking for a flat here, you will notice it straight away that life is considerably cheaper here than in Helsinki or Espoo. A 49 square meters apartment can be rented for as “little” as 400-500 euros a month and even bigger ones can be had for 700 euros/month. In order to maximize profits it is even better if more sex-workers and escorts moving in together in a bigger flat, but if you wish to stay alone, fine, you will not have problems with that here.
Tampere is an excellent destination for tourists, and it is good and fun to work and live here, too. It has many sights (museums, temples, churches, city hall, adventure park, it even has a Lenin museum!), and you can choose from a wide range of outdoor activities as well (festivals, sporting events), or you can take walks and do trekking (or alpine and cross-country skiing in winters).
In order for you to get from “A” to ”B”, you can choose from a range of options. The most important is that taxis are available, so the transfer to and from the client is simple and quick (but definitely not cheap). Those of you who have cars feel free to drive as Tampere does not have busy roads and traffic jams, and roads are kept clean and maintained quite well in winter, too (be cautious to use the appropriate equipment in the cold, like snow chains or winter tyres).
Other than that, the city is quite small for you to be able to get around on foot, you might need to take the bus to get to suburban areas though (for 45 euros you can use all the buses you want for 30 days). Alternatively, you can opt for cycling; it is possibly to rent if you do not want to buy, for a 40 deposit, you can use them as much as you want all summer (for details visit the „www.liikkumisenohjaus.fi/tampere-citybike/” website).