Tampere is the second largest city in Finland (320,000 inhabitants); It is the capital of the Pirkanmaa region.
The city, founded in 1775, was a commercial center and then a large industrial city in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Tampere is known for its buildings of different periods and styles, its 15 museums, its 4 universities and its agrarian environment.
The city is located between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, connected by the Tammer rapids (an important source of electrical energy).
Image of title: Tampere Central Square. Source: flickr / rihkis