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HOSTING EU-CONFERENCES IN TAMPERE

This year, Finland will for the first time serve as president of the European Union. Finland's presidency begins on the first of July and ends at the end of December. During Finland's presidency, Tampere will host several EU-related meetings, including a special convening of the European Council in mid-October. Tampere offers attractive settings for the meetings at two conference venues: Vapriikki Museum Centre and the Tampere Hall Conference and Concert Centre. Most of the meetings will take place at Vapriikki ­ a unique environment in renovated industrial premises by the Tammerkoski watercourse, designated as one of Finland's national heritage landscapes. The European Council will convene at Vapriikki.. Tampere is going to hold a prominent position in Finland's venture to lead Europe into the new millennium!

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GREETINGS FROM THE MAYOR Mr. Jarmo Rantanen

The year 1999 marks the 220th anniversary of the city of Tampere. The capital and expertise that helped Tampere develop into a hub of industry came largely from abroad. Early on, our industrial base was wide and versatile. Corresponding social and economic structures are evident in the social history of the Ruhrgebiet and old industrial towns of England. The unique position of Tampere in Finland is illustrated by the fact that in 1870 70% of Finland's industrial workers were living and working in Tampere.

Mr. Jarmo Rantanen The Mayor of Tampere

The people of Tampere are proud of their industrial heritage. The red-brick mills and smokestacks that flank the Tammerkoski watercourse remind us of the work put in by previous generations. The age of large scale industry in our town lasted 150 years. Since the 1970's, Tampere has undergone the same challenges as every old industrial area in Europe. Nevertheless, Tampere still counts itself as an industrial centre, with a manufacturing production valued at over 20 billion FIM. Half of our industrial production is generated by export trade. Although the significance of manufacturing industry prevails, Tampere's business structure has changed radically. Now 69% of the population get their livelihood from the service sector, while only 22% are employed in the manufacturing sector. The streets that some decades ago were filled by labourers on their way home after the shift, are now populated by the thousands of students in Tampere's numerous educational institutions. There are two major universities in Tampere with a combined student population of 27,000 and the educational spectrum is complemented by a wide variety of other schools and colleges and several scientific research institutes. Despite our peripheral location, the city of Tampere has always cherished its strong bonds with the rest of Europe. Finland's membership of the European Union has intensified our international cooperation ventures and broadened the range of our international links from business into other fields. For this reason we note with special pleasure that our town was chosen as the venue of the Special European Council on the 15th and 16th of October. The council will convene at the very heart of our industrial past, opposite the sprawling textile mill founded by the Scotsman James Finlayson in 1820. Today its numerous units of varying age house a number of schools and IT businesses, including a centre of new media. All of these need their international, European links and partners just as Mr Finlayson, in his time, required international capital and expertise. The world has changed but the need to work together, fortunately, remains. On behalf of the City of Tampere it is my pleasure to wish the participants of the EU related meetings welcome to Tampere!

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Guide Connections Map

TRAFFIC INFORMATION AND TIMETABLES By air

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport Tel (03) 283 5522 Address: 33960 Pirkkala Finnair Finnair, flights Flight Search SAS

By rail

Tampere Railway Station Tel 0100 112 Address: Rautatienkatu 25 VR - Finnish Railways VR - Timetables

By bus

Tampere Bus Station Tel 0200 4000 (6.34 FIM / call + local tariff) Address: Hatanpään valtatie 7 Oy Matkahuolto Ab

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TAMPERE 1999 EU SUMMIT- Calendar of the Conferences

CALENDAR OF THE CONFERENCES IN TAMPERE 1999 July

15.- 17.7. Economic Questions Working Group - Customs Union Vapriikki

September

12.- 14.9. 11.- 14.9. 24.- 25.9. Informal Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture Special Committee of Agriculture Informal Meeting of Ministers of Education Vapriikki Vapriikki Vapriikki

October

4.- 5.10. 11.- 13.10. 15.- 16.10. 19.- 20.10. Ministers of Regional Policy and Planning European Conference on Promotion of Mental Health and Social Inclusion Special meeting of the European Council Extraordinary Bureau meeting of the Committee of the Regions. Vapriikki Tampere Hall Vapriikki Vapriikki

November

18.- 19.11. 20.-25.11. Seminar of the New Challenges in the cooperation between Educaton and Working life ETF Meeting of PHARE country representatives Vapriikki Vapriikki

December

3.- 5.12. Citizens' Agenda 2000 Summit of EU citizens Tampere Hall

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4.10.1999

Urban Policy urged by Tampere The suburb of Hervanta to be included in the Objective 2 area

In recent years there has been a widespread debate within the European Union concerning the adoption of a special action programme for urban policy. In particular, European cities and their organisation Eurocities have lobbied for more attention to urban policy in the activity of the Union. The Finnish members of Eurocities, the cities of Helsinki, Tampere and Turku, have also called for an increased focus on urban policy on the national level. In 1997, the Commission of the European Union published a communication, "Towards an Urban Agenda in the European Union", which emphasises the angle of urban policy in the Union's future development. In December 1998, an Urban Forum was arranged in Vienna, with a broad discussion of the Commission communication. The structural fund decisions for the years 2000-2006 contained in Agenda 2000 brought about a reform of the Objective 2 programme, which now allows structural actions regarding urban areas which experience particular hardships. The areas selected for inclusion under Objective 2 can also make use of the Objective 3 programme and certain community initiatives. The Finnish Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy has decided to propose the suburb of Hervanta in Tampere as an Objective 2 area for the years 2000-2006. The population of Hervanta is about 20,000. A second area selected consists of suburbs of Turku. The proposals concerning the areas have been submitted to the Commission for approval. The key figures of Hervanta are well in line with the eligibility criteria of the Objective 2 programme. The unemployment rate of the suburb at the end of 1998 was 27.2%, and the share of the long-term unemployed was 7.3% of the labour force. The living allowance targeted to the area was 29.1% of the entire living allowance expenses of the City of Tampere in 1998, while the suburb's population share is only about 10.8%. What is particularly significant for Hervanta is that it is the location of the Tampere University of Technology, the technology centre Hermia and several other research units, including the Technical Research Centre of Finland and Nokia Mobile Phones, all providing new approaches to information technology and its utilisation. The key goal is to utilise the centre of excellence programmes and other know-how in the prevention of unemployment and social exclusion. A major challenge for the attainment of the programme objectives is also posed by the fact that almost one hundred nationalities are represented in the population of Hervanta. -------More information from Mr. Pertti Paltila, International Relations Officer, +358-3-31466210

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Mustamakkara: the forerunner of fast food

1 of 11 You cannot really talk about Tampere without introducing the subject of mustamakkara (moosta-mack-carah), or black pudding. Even in the international context of sausages, this local delicacy has won several distinguished awards. The characteristic black colour is the effect of blood and rye or barley among the ingredients. This delicious, hot sausage was available in the streets and market places of Tampere long before the invasion of hot dog stands and hamburger joints. Mustamakkara was fast food before the age of fast food and takeaway before takeaways. The Euro era has left its mark on mustamakkara, too. Traditionally, this sausage was consumed with cold milk and lingonberry sauce. Today, Boisset Cotes du Rhone has been designated as the correct wine to go with it. Tampere's food culture relies on the power of tradition. There is something very Finnish about the later developments in Tampere delicacies, such as rye hamburgers and rye pasta.

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TAMPERE 220 YEARS BY THE TAMMERKOSKI RAPIDS

The narrow neck of land between the lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi was already populated back in the 7th century A.D. By the 13th century, it had developed into a major trading place. In the 18th century, the potential of the rapids as a power source was discovered and in 1779 a new town was founded in the realm comprised by Sweden and Finland, by the royal decree of Gustavus III. 1100-l. - 1809 Finland is part of Sweden. 1809 - 1917 Finland belongs to Russia as an autonomous grand duchy. 1917 Finland becomes an independent state. 1995 Finland becomes a member of the European Union. TAMPERE THE PIONEER 1837 The first modern factory building in Finland (Finlayson) 1843 The first paper machine in Finland (Frenckell) 1882 The first electric light in the Nordic Countries 1900 The first Finnish-made locomotive 1909 The first Finnish-made automobile 1923 The first radio broadcast in Finland 1965 Finland's first indoor ice-rink 1974 The first NMT telephone call in the world 1984 The first bioabsorbable implant in the world 1991 The first GSM telephone call in the world 1995 The first walking forest machine in the world 1996 The first personal

Tampere's development into Finland's first industrial city took off in the 1820's with a cotton mill founded by the scotsman James Finlayson and further developed by Wilhelm Nottbeck. By the 1850's, the industrial sector comprised several large scale manufacturing enterprises. In addition to textile mills, early ventures included metal and iron manufacturing and wood processing. Later, Tampere's industrial structure was complemented by shoe and leather factories. The surge of industrialization shaped the city both internally and externally. For decades, the Tampere cityscape was characterized by red-brick factories and smokestacks by the rapids. The majority of the inhabitants (35,000 by the year 1900) comprised labourers, mostly factory workers. From heavy industry to high technology In addition to capital, the surge of industrialization required cutting edge technology of the time. The tradition of industrial expertise survived even the downturn of old industries after World War II. The upgrading of traditional knowhow was precipitated by the founding of two universities in the 1960's, supplementing a versatile selection of other schools and colleges. Later, technology centres such as Hermia and Finnmedi have complemented the range of expertise. As the industrial structures changed, Tampere developed into a hub of modern high technology with mechanical engineering and automation, medical technology, information technology, telecommunications and new media as the new industrial cornerstones. Arts, conferences and internationalisation Tampere has never lived by bread alone. Hard work has always been balanced out by a wide supply of cultural services. The excellent library network in Finland is an integral part of the national culture, and in Tampere libraries have a century-long history. The powerful workers' movement generated the first

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workers' institute in Finland, the beginnings of popular education in the country. At the same time, Tampere proceeded to become a centre of drama which has blossomed into more than a dozen professional theatre companies at the present time. Tampere's reputation as a literary centre stems from the 1950's when a number of Finland's first rank authors worked in the city. Tampere Hall, the conference and concert centre built in 1990, stregthened the musical scene of the city and made Tampere a conference and concert centre of international renown. In just over two centuries Tampere has developed from a village of a few households into a city of almost 200,000 inhabitants and the third largest city in Finland. Expanding the city limits, Tampere has grown from a plot of three square kilometres to encompass a land area of 700 km².

digital assistant (communicator) in the world (Nokia) 1998 The first 2nd generation communicator in the world (Nokia)

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TAMPERE REGION

The second largest region in Finland by population with 445 505 inhabitants in the area covering about 14,800 sq.km., the Tampere Region is a modern concentration of industry, commerce, services and education. The region has a central inland location in the heart of Western Finland, and of new Northern Europe with excellent connections within the whole of Europe. The region is largely fragmented by lakes and covered by forest and a dominating feature of the landscape is the two large lakes called Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, separated by a rapid on which the town centre of Tampere is located. The Tampere Region is an attractive region that provides its residents with both opportunities of work and prosperity as well as attractive living conditions in an environment that combines the "urban pulse" of centrally located towns with clean nature and rural landscapes close at hand. The Tampere Region has the longest industrial traditions in Finland, characterised by a diversity of industries. Metal and electrotechnical industry, especially sophisticated mechanical engineering and automation technology, information technology with applications and health care technology are examples of special fields, not forgetting wood processing, chemical industry, rubber industry and food and textile industry. The development of industry, business activity and culture in the region is supported by the University of Tampere, the Tampere University of Technology, the Tampere Polytechnic and the Pirkanmaa Polytechnic. As regards business training, Tampere is the second most important concentration nationally. The Technology Centre Hermia, the medical research institute Finn-Medi and a comprehensive network of over 30 vocational institutes contribute to an innovative and creative business activity. The Technology Centre Hermia, the medical research institute Finn-Medi and the Centre for New Media are in charge of implementing the Tampere Region Centre of Expertise Programme, which aims to support and promote the development of internationally competitive business operations requiring solid know-how. In the Tampere Region, the selected core areas are mechanical engineering and automation, information and communication technology, health technology and communication and knowledge ­intensive services. The Region's nomination as the national centre of know-how and entrepreneurial training has created clusters of companies within research and development, particularly in the above mentioned fields. The Tampere Region has also long traditions in co-operation with other regions in Finland and Europe, and it has been further strengthened by the accession of Finland to the European Union. Currently different actors in the Tampere Region have numerous international contacts and activities with different regions and cities in the Member States of the European Union, the Baltic States and Russia. The Tampere Region has furthermore a representation in Brussels together with four other Finnish regions. As regards culture, leisure, conferences, exhibitions and tourism, the Tampere Region can offer services of a high international

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standard. Tampere Region has several highly recognised theatres and museums as well as a modern conference hall, the Tampere Hall, which provides excellent conference facilities. Several international festivals are organised in the Tampere Region throughout the year. There are also various opportunities to explore the beautiful nature of Tampere Region, for example in the north of the Region, where there are two large national parks, Seitseminen and Helvetinjärvi.

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TOURISM: A PRIORITY IN TAMPERE

In terms of numbers of conference guests from abroad, Tampere is the second most attractive conference city in Finland. Tampere's central location in Finland, good connections, excellent infrastructure, versatile and sophisticated hotel and restaurant services, a wide range of cultural and sports facilities and, above all, Tampere Hall make Tampere an interesting destination for tourists and a competitive conference venue. Tampere Hall, the largest conference and concert centre in Scandinavia, is already booked for some thirty international conferences in the period 1999-2005, with an expected attendance of over 15,000 participants. The environmental policy programme of the conference and concert centre was the first of its kind in the world. The programme has been awarded several prizes both in Finland and abroad, including the Green Globe emblem. The numerous international arts events in Tampere include Tampere Film Festival. Arranged every year in March, the event is ranked among the three most prestigious short film events in the world. Another annual festival of high standard is the Tampere Theatre Festival, a gathering of both Finnish and international drama. Several surveys indicate that Finns consider Tampere to be one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Finland. The Särkänniemi Theme Park, the region's several spas, summertime lake cruising and the collection of Tove Jansson's fairytale illustrations at the Moominvalley museum make Tampere particularly popular with families with young children. When fully refurbished, the museum centre Vapriikki ­ the venue for the EU-related conferences in 1999 ­ will add to the attractions of the city. Additionally, Tampere boasts the only museum left in the world dedicated to Vladimir Ilyitch Lenin. In 1998, the visitors to the Tampere Lenin Museum respresented a total of 77 nationalities. The scenic location of the city between two large lakes and the unspoilt natural environment surrounding it, as well as the general safe atmosphere of Finland, add to Tampere's competitiveness in the tourist trade. Tourism is one of the priorities in the business development strategy of Tampere. Significant measures to boost the tourist trade include the restoration of the centrally located Finlayson Stable Yards back to their late 19th century style. The wooden stable yards complex influenced by Russian building style represents a valuable architectural heritage. The stable yards will become a family attraction open all year round, building on the industrial traditions of the city in an area which is a tribute to the rise of large scale industry around the Tammerkoski rapids. The project will be compeleted early in 2001. Key figures in Tampere 1998: Hotel utilization rate: 57 % Number of hotel nights: 576.000

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Tourism income generated by international conferences at the Tampere Hall: 25,5 MFIM Number of visitors to Särkänniemi, the city's most popular tourist attraction: 1,200 000 visitors

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TAMPERE CITY LIBRARY ­ PIRKANMAA REGIONAL LIBRARY

Finnish libraries date back to the end of the 18th century. The rationale behind public libraries included raising the level of education among the people and promoting equality, independence and national culture. The law on libraries was last amended early in 1999. The basic idea and objective of the new law is to promote uniform access to high-quality and up-to-date library and information services. The core ideology behind Finnish public libraries is the citizens' equal rights to knowledge, with library services free of charge. The utilization rate of libraries in Finland is the highest in the world. Finland also leads the way in library-based Internet services and other information technology applications for public use. Since the early years of this century municipal libraries have been subsidized by national government. Recent support measures include the extensive project of the Ministry for Education, "Making Finland an Information Society". In addition to the main library, the Tampere library network comprises 14 neighbourhood libraries that are very important to their communities. The coverage of the mobile library network in Finland is the best in the world. Tampere has two library buses, with services especially targeted at the elderly and very young readers. Additionally, library services are available in hospitals and care homes, and there is even an outreach programme to bring library services home to people who because of ill health or other reasons are unable to access the normal services.

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The new City Library building was opened in 1986. The architects, Raili and Reima Pietilä, have designed several buildings in Tampere, including the Kaleva church (1966) and the community centers in Hervanta (1980's) that house a church, library, shopping centre, sports facilities, youth clubs and cinema as well as offices for the police, fire brigade and welfare and health services. According to the architects, the shape of the library has been influenced by elements such as the world of animals, old celtic ornaments and vortical shapes caused by the ice age. The birdlike shape emerged when the scale model was being finished. Because of its final form, the library building is locally known as the "Metso" ­ Finnish for the capercaillie. The library is a construction with many facets. No two rooms look the same and hardly any standard elements have been used. The Pietiläs even designed the furniture and other accessories of the building, including tables and chairs, lighting fixtures and the panels on the ceilings. The colour scheme was inspired by Finland's nature: the blue of the sky, the white of the snow, the green of the forest and the pastel shades of meadow flowers. Materials are predominantly Finnish, with granite and copper the principal materials of the facade. The library staff were consulted during the planning phase of the building. The construction has received recognition in the form of

Library "Metso" (= capercaillie), architects Raili and Reima Pietilä

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several awards. In Tampere, the library is a very popular building. Some 5000-6000 people visit the building every day, with 1.5 million visits per year. The total of 13 years' visits equals Finland's population almost four times over! For the residents of Tampere, the main library is like a public sitting room, and it is the most popular library in Finland. For some, the Metso is an architectural masterpiece, for others it is still a tourist attraction. For the most, however, it is simply an excellent library. On average, every resident of Tampere visits the library 15 times a year, borrowing an average of 25 books, recordings, video tapes or CD-ROM disks. The policy of the library is to support reading especially among children and young people. Simultaneously, a lot of effort is being put into developing access to information networks. Library users have access to the Internet not only in the main building but in all neighbourhood libraries as well. Interactive network resources are also available: through the Internet, library users can search the library index with computers located at home, in the workplace or at school, checking whether a particular book is available for loan or when it is due to be returned. Further, users can browse their own lending information, reserve books and other material and renew their loans. By now, the network services are used by some 60,000 library users per month.

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ALIENS IN TAMPERE ­ MUNICIPAL SERVICES FOR FOREIGNERS refugees, asylum seekers and returning migrants

The City of Tampere and the national government have agreed that Tampere receive an annual quota of fifty refugees. Reception began in 1989. The city also receives individuals entering Finland within the programme for reuniting families. At the end of 1998, some 1200 refugees were resident in Tampere. Additionally, some 100 people of Ingrian origin who qualify as returning migrants arrive in Tampere every year. At the end of 1998, Tampere was home to 1300 of these Ingrian returning migrants from Russia and the Baltic states. In 1994, the City of Tampere established a reception centre for refugees, with a capacity of 250. The centre can, when necessary, double as a transit centre and the capacity can be increased for special situations. Referred to the reception centre by the government, the clients comprise people applying for asylum in Finland who need accommodation and other support while their application is being processed. In 1994, Tampere established a family community home for minors immigrating into Finland without their parents. The home can care for up to eight children at the same time. The city provides the refugees with basic services and subsistence. Reception services include lodgings, a living allowance, interpretation services, social and health care services, educational and cultural services and other necessary help. In 1993, Tampere and the government made an agreement concerning the provision of interpretation services for refugees. Community interpreters will be made available for communication with the social and health care sector officials of the centre as well as authorities concerned with the integration of refugees. The family community centre, interpreter centre and reception centre are funded by the government. The costs of the Ingrian returning migrants are covered by the state for a period of six months. In 1989-1990, Tampere received only refugees from Vietnam. In 1991, the nationalities included Vietnamese and Somali. In 1993, refugees from the former Yugoslavia and Iraq were added to the list. From 1994 on, the list of nationalities received in Tampere includes those already mentioned plus people from Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bosnia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iran, Kosovo, Liberia, The Peoples' Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Turkey and Zaire. Returning migrants come from the countries of the ex-Soviet Union.

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THE CITY OF TAMPERE SUPPORTS AND ENCOURAGES ITS BUSINESS COMMUNITY

What makes a company successful? In my view, it is the company=s ability to constantly adapt to changes in the global business environment and improve its products and technologies; in other words, its ability to innovate and compete in the international market. The City of Tampere and its businesses aim to internationalise and succeed. That is why we want to support and encourage businesses in their most important task: innovation. We have been consistently building an innovative environment in Tampere, and have been able to establish the essential prerequisites: an infrastructure with good transport and telecommunications connections; business sites and premises; highly-educated, highly-skilled personnel; various systems related to the development and transfer of technology; and, last but not least, capital. These requirements are proviced by Tampere University of Technology, the University of Tampere, two polytechnic institutes, a number of other educational institutions, the Hermia and Finn-Medi Technology Centres, close cooperation between educational institutions, the scientific community and companies, and capital funds. The City of Tampere is actively involved in the development of this innovation infrastructure. In order to succeed, a company more and more often needs to be a part of various networks and clusters. The most significant areas of expertise in Tampere include mechanical engineering and automation, information technology and health care technology. In these sectors, we have the highest expertise in many product groups, even on an international scale. Companies built on know-how and expertise depend on skilled people for their success. To make sure that the personnel and their families enjoy living here, Tampere provides high-quality health care services, day care and schooling for the children, and a vast array of cultural offerings. Tampere is also a pleasant and safe city to live and work in. The City of Tampere invites you to explore its expertise and excellence! Juha Kostiainen Director Business Development Services City of Tampere

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Särkänniemi amusement area with Näsinneula observation tower

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Särkänniemi area, Näsinneula tower and lake harbour

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Särkänniemi dolphinarium

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Sara Hilden modern art museum

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Tampere Cathedral

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City library

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City library

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Modern architecture in Hervanta suburb

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Modern architecture in Hervata suburb

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Technology Centre Hermia

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Pyynikki park

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Pispala housing area

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Steam ship on the lake Näsijärvi

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Lake Näsijärvi

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Tammerkoski rapids in the winter

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Museum center Vapriikki by the Tammerkoski rapids

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Central park in the winter

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Winter in a housing area

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Tampere EU-isäntänä 1999 etusivu

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TAMPERE LIVE FROM DOWNTOWN

A view from the downtown of Tampere. In the picture you can see Tammerkoski Rapids, Hämeensilta Bridge, Tampere Theatre and even Näsinneula Observation Tower in the distance. The picture is updated in every 60 seconds.

The Tampere City Tourist Office Tampere EU Summit 1999 - frontpage Provided by: The EU Meetings Office, City of Tampere mailto:[email protected]

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GREETINGS FROM THE MAYOR Mr. Jarmo Rantanen

The year 1999 marks the 220th anniversary of the city of Tampere. The capital and expertise that helped Tampere develop into a hub of industry came largely from abroad. Early on, our industrial base was wide and versatile. Corresponding social and economic structures are evident in the social history of the Ruhrgebiet and old industrial towns of England. The unique position of Tampere in Finland is illustrated by the fact that in 1870 70% of Finland's industrial workers were living and working in Tampere.

Mr. Jarmo Rantanen The Mayor of Tampere

The people of Tampere are proud of their industrial heritage. The red-brick mills and smokestacks that flank the Tammerkoski watercourse remind us of the work put in by previous generations. The age of large scale industry in our town lasted 150 years. Since the 1970's, Tampere has undergone the same challenges as every old industrial area in Europe. Nevertheless, Tampere still counts itself as an industrial centre, with a manufacturing production valued at over 20 billion FIM. Half of our industrial production is generated by export trade. Although the significance of manufacturing industry prevails, Tampere's business structure has changed radically. Now 69% of the population get their livelihood from the service sector, while only 22% are employed in the manufacturing sector. The streets that some decades ago were filled by labourers on their way home after the shift, are now populated by the thousands of students in Tampere's numerous educational institutions. There are two major universities in Tampere with a combined student population of 27,000 and the educational spectrum is complemented by a wide variety of other schools and colleges and several scientific research institutes. Despite our peripheral location, the city of Tampere has always cherished its strong bonds with the rest of Europe. Finland's membership of the European Union has intensified our international cooperation ventures and broadened the range of our international links from business into other fields. For this reason we note with special pleasure that our town was chosen as the venue of the Special European Council on the 15th and 16th of October. The council will convene at the very heart of our industrial past, opposite the sprawling textile mill founded by the Scotsman James Finlayson in 1820. Today its numerous units of varying age house a number of schools and IT businesses, including a centre of new media. All of these need their international, European links and partners just as Mr Finlayson, in his time, required international capital and expertise. The world has changed but the need to

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work together, fortunately, remains. On behalf of the City of Tampere it is my pleasure to wish the participants of the EU related meetings welcome to Tampere!

Tampere EU Summit 1999 - frontpage Provided by: The EU Meetings Office, City of Tampere mailto:[email protected]

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THE EU MEETINGS OFFICE, CITY OF TAMPERE

As part of the Mayor's Office, the City of Tampere has set up a special office for affairs related to the meetings to be held in Tampere during Finland's presidency of the European union. The purpose of the unit is to provide the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other conference organizers with local knowledge and help them coordinate their efforts in organizing the conferences with those of the City of Tampere. The unit will also be responsible for distributing information to the inhabitants of Tampere concerning special arrangements related to the EU meetings. Contacts: Project Manager Raimo Huusari Tel. +358-3-3146 6208, +358-50-561 6208 E-mail [email protected]

Project Secretary Ilpo Pyymäki Tel. +358-3-3146 6395, +358-40-538 6395 E-mail [email protected]

Project Assistant Kati Korpinen Tel. +358-3-3146 5226, +358-40-5397 226 E-mail [email protected]

Telefax: +358-3-3146 6032 Mailing address: City of Tampere The EU Meetings Office P.O.Box 487 33101 TAMPERE

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Tampere EU Summit 1999 - frontpage Provided by: The EU Meetings Office, City of Tampere mailto:[email protected]

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TRAFFIC INFORMATION AND TIMETABLES By air

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport Tel (03) 283 5522 Address: 33960 Pirkkala Finnair Finnair, flights Flight Search SAS

By rail

Tampere Railway Station Tel 0100 112 Address: Rautatienkatu 25 VR - Finnish Railways VR - Timetables

By bus

Tampere Bus Station Tel 0200 4000 (6.34 FIM / call + local tariff) Address: Hatanpään valtatie 7 Oy Matkahuolto Ab

Tampere EU Summit 1999 - frontpage Provided by: The EU Meetings Office, City of Tampere mailto:[email protected]

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Guide Connections Map 1.Vapriikki 2.Press Centre 3.Tampere Hall 4.Central Square 5.Railway Station 6.Bus Terminal 7.Airport 8.Tourist Office 9.Hotels Location pointer on the City Map System requires Netscape 4.x, IE 4.x or other HTML4 compatible browser

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