Tampere is one of the fastest growing city regions in Finland. The city invests in the future, and there are several major projects underway in smart and sustainable construction, mobility and logistics. In surveys, Tampere shines year after year as Finland’s most attractive city to live in and run a business.
TAMPERE THE MOST ATTRACTIVE CITY IN FINLAND BY FAR
The Tampere region is the second largest economic region in Finland after the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Around two-thirds of Finland’s economic activity is concentrated within a two-hour drive from Tampere. Together with its surrounding municipalities, Tampere creates one of the fastest growing city regions in Finland. The city is preparing for growth and investing over EUR 6 billion in the development of the city by 2030.
According to studies, Finland is home to the happiest people in the world and, in surveys, Tampere shines year after year as Finland’s most attractive city to live in and run a business. According to a survey conducted by Taloustutkimus in 2018, more than one in three Finns could consider moving to Tampere.
Tampere is a great place to do business, where the scale makes it easy get around, meet the right people and collaborate with other businesses.
In Finland, strong mobile technology expertise and universities’ investment in research and product development have helped companies adapt to changes in the world economy and created a growth platform for entirely new kind of business.
The strong entrepreneurial culture of the Tampere city region has helped with the shift from heavy industry to smart technology and generated countless success stories in, for example, the gaming and manufacturing industries and health technology.
For companies, key reasons to operate in the Tampere region include the good availability of employees, central location and close connections to universities.
For example, the technology industry employs more than 34,000 people in the Tampere region. The Tampere region offers good availability of skilled manpower, and the region’s general cost level is 20% lower than in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The Tampere university community guarantees the availability of talents far into the future.
”Personnel is our most important resource. We chose the Tampere region because it’s a centre of ICT and a good place to live.” – Mikko Kuitunen, CEO, Vincit
Talented, experienced and loyal employees provide good value for money. Two-thirds of foreign-owned companies in the Tampere region indicate that the most important reason to stay in the region is the availability of competent manpower and low staff turnover.
The attractiveness of the Tampere region has been demonstrated by international company relocations in recent years. Examples include Axon, AAC Technologies, Scandit and Xiaomi which established an imaging technology product development unit in Tampere, and the Nordic hydraulic group Specma, which built a logistics centre in Linnakallio, Pirkkala.
TAMPERE – A CITY OF COOPERATION AND NETWORKS
The Tampere region business ecosystem benefits from the strong cooperation between companies and academic research. The atmosphere in Tampere is very active, open and diverse. Easy networking between the city, university community and industry creates great opportunities for R&D collaboration. Tampere’s compact size also facilitates easy networking across different industries, and co-operation projects between large companies and the tightly knit startup community are very common.
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