Tampere is the third largest city in Finland, and with its 220 000 inhabitants, the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. The city was officially founded in 1775 by Gustav III of Sweden, and four years later, 1 October 1779, was granted full city rights. Even though being a former heavy industry centre, nowadays Tampere is a major hub for information technology, research, education, culture, sports and business.
Tampere is also a lively university city with its three universities: University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology, and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Surrounded by lakes and the Tammerkoski rapids running through the city centre, Tampere offers both the urban feeling of a city and the peacefulness of the Finnish nature.