Author: Tampere Talent Ambassadors
In our previous article we told you that Tampere is one of the best places to undertake your Erasmus+ internship. Read more by clicking here. Moving to another country can seem like an intimidating experience. However, Tampere is a lively international city, with a long history of welcoming new international talents. In this article, we list out the 9 things you need to know to help your move to Tampere be a smooth and enjoyable one.
1. Tampere is Truly International
Tampere is the third-largest city In Finland and the largest inland urban area in the whole Nordic region. The population of Tampere is currently around 240 000 but is rapidly increasing. Nearly 2 000 of these permanent residents are from an international background. Tampere University has some 30 000 students and welcomes 1 000 new international students every year from over 80 different countries!
2. Housing is in High Demand
As Tampere is one of the most popular regions in Finland, the cost of housing can be relatively high. Generally speaking, the quality of housing in Finland is very high. If you’re looking to rent a place to live while you’re doing your internship in Tampere, it is worth checking out this handy website by the City of Tampere which sets out everything you need to know about housing in Tampere. Here is a shortlist of rental companies and places to look for apartments in Tampere: Forenom, Oikoite, Lumo, M2, TVA, Vuokra-asunnot Tampere FB group, and VTS-Kodit. Not all of these resources are available in English. Luckily, housing descriptions tend to be easy to translate with Google Translate.
3. You might need to register your residence
If you’re an EU national planning on doing an internship of longer than 3 months, you will need to register with the DVV (formally known as Maistraatti). Don’t worry though, as this is a swift and easy process. You can find out more information from InfoFinland’s page. Once you’re registered you can get a Finnish personal identity code or Henkilötunnus. This is needed to open a bank account, get paid, and use healthcare services while in Finland. For a more comprehensive list of other practicalities, check out International Tampere’s ‘Permits and Practicalities’ page.
4. Help is out there
Tampere is a very welcoming place. Many visitors remark how much more friendly Tampere is compared to other regions in Finland. Services like Mainio offer friendly advice on everyday topics to do with living, studying, and working in Tampere. They are located near the train station and can serve you in 16 languages including English, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, French, and Bulgarian to name a few.
5. You Don’t Need to Learn Finnish
You have probably heard that Finnish is one of the World’s most difficult languages for an English speaker to learn, requiring over 44 weeks of intensive study to achieve an intermediate level. However, the good news is one does not need to learn Finnish to survive in Tampere. As English is taught from grade 2 or 3 in Tampere, pretty much everyone speaks English very well. Jobs in Finland lists open English-speaking jobs in the Pirkanmaa (the region Tampere is in). If you are thinking about cold calling companies, you could start with companies already advertising for English roles. Another tip is to target bigger international companies and sectors such as ICT.
6. Tampere has Many Centers of Excellence.
Tampere has a proud industrial heritage and is still a centre for manufacturing. However, in recent years Tampere has diversified into more modern technologies such as AI, ICT and the IoT, Cleantech and Energy, and Nanotechnology. There is also a thriving research and development sector in Tampere with excellence in life sciences. Tampere also has a history in arts with many theatres, and the studios of YLE, the national broadcaster located in the city.
7. Tampere is a City of Culture
Tampere is Finland’s theatre capital with countless theatres and amatuer and professional theatrical production ensembles. In fact, Tampere Theatre Festival (held each summer) is one of Europes most important theatre festivals. There are also a wealth of museums in Tampere, from places like Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing and Werstas – The Finnish Labour Museum which celebrate Tampere’s rich industrial and working class heritage; to Sara Hildén Art Museum. The music culture of Tampere is incredibly vast, and caters to all tastes. Tampere is very privileged to have it’s own Philharmonic Orchestra which can often be heard playing in Tampere Hall, the largest conference centre and concert hall in the Finno-Scandinavia region. As well as great classical offerings such as Tampere Chamber Music Festival, Tampere also hosts various other music festivals including the Hip Hop festival, BlockFest, Tampere Guitar Festival, and the famous TammerFest.
8. Tampere is Changing. Fast
Tampere is growing at a rapid rate. Tampere City has secured around €6 Billion of investment. Some key projects include the recently completed tramway, (which will open in August 2021), The Arena and Deck Area (a new mixed-use, sports and entertainment stadium, and conference facilities that will be completed 2021), and Hiedanranta (a new mixed-use development, part of which will be on a new man-made island on Lake Näsijärvi).
9. Networking is Key to Success
If you’re serious about making the most of your Erasmus+ internship and using it as a springboard to launch your career, then Tampere is the place for you. There is a wealth of formal networking opportunities in Tampere. Check out the Career Boost page of internationaltampere.fi for a list of the most useful networking opportunities.
When you’re considering undertaking your Erasmus+ internship in Tampere you might be attracted by the lively international scene or the career prospects. However, there are a lot of other things to consider. You might find that housing isn’t cheap compared to other cities, but hopefully, the resources mentioned above should help you get started. Tampere is a very international and friendly city to work in, and there are a lot of online and local networks you can take advantage of to springboard your career.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland has participated in the financing of the project. The project contributes to the goals of the national Talent Boost programme.