Tag Archives: Tampere

No Nutella!

by Veera Nelimarkka, degree student in Media

A student boy sitting on a pier, feet just above the water. The cover of the lake is calm and birches by the lake have turned little bit yellow.

By the lake – one of them!

When Tiarnan O’Doherty, aged 21, was planning to go study abroad, he had two possible destinations to choose from: either Dundee in Scotland or Tampere in Finland. Tiarnan thought Dundee would be a place concentrated mostly on drinking. That is one of the reasons he chose to come to Finland, but little did he know, Finnish people drink a lot, too. Also the fact, that Finland is not an English-speaking country, was attractive to him, so, he packed up his bags and flew to Tampere.

Tampere turned out to be a bigger than Tiarnan had thought. He was also surprised by the infrastructure: there were roads everywhere, the public transport was good and the houses had good heating systems… He faced a lot of nice surprises, but, unfortunately, he also had to deal with some problems. According to Tiarnan, Finnish meat is bad. Everything is quite expensive here, and you can’t seem to find Nutella anywhere!

When asked about his home country Ireland, Tiarnan is happy to admit it’s one of the best countries in the world. According to him, in Ireland, there is something to everyone: history, arts, museums, botanic gardens, castles, monasteries… The capital, Dublin, is multi-cultural and it has a good quality cuisine with wide range of dishes.

Tiarnan stayed in Finland for two semesters, but the Christmas holidays he spent at home. When I asked, what kind of time it was, he told me he had Irish fun. When we are together, he explained, we actually speak.

Summer School Nostalgia

by Maksim Mandelshtam, degree student in Environmental Engineering

A couple of students sitting on a lawn, chatting and having beer.

Having a great time together!

The first vaikutus (impression) , nevertheless it’s proved to be true or not, is usually kept in mind for a long time. This applies to people, places, works of art and so on. It also works with cities. My first impressions of Tampereen kaupunki (city) were formed during my first month of stay, which happened to be August, when I was studying Finnish language and culture in Unipoli Summer school.

I have to say with appreciation that this summer school helped to understand better the city, its unique culture and atmosphere. We had great trips around the city on the first week and lectures on Finnish culture and history on the 2 others, along with intensive courses of suomen kieli (Finnish language).

A smiling girl and boy, In the background mustamakkara kiosk.

Eating mustamakkara. The literal translation of this delicate is “black sausage”, trust me!

Lots of events were held during August, when we were studying, raging from Tampere Theatre Festival and various music festivaali (Guess what it means!). I visited some of them with my classmates, which were mainly coming from outside Eurooppa (Now you can understand how to make words sound Finnish!).

The whole year has passed  by since I studied in Summer School, a lot of things have changed, many of my ex-classmates have left Tampere and a lot of new friends I have met here. But I still remember these three weeks in August, when Tampere first demonstrated some of its beauties to me and my classmates from all around the world.


Studying and living in Finland – a newcomer’s point of view

by Vera Mazaikina, degree student in Environmental Engineering

Smiling student crowd in sunshine with their overalls and balloons.

Energizing student life!

Terveisiä Suomesta! Nimeni on Vera ja minä olen ensimmäisen vuoden opiskelija Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulussa. Olen kotoisin Venäjän pohjoisosasta, Murmanskista, mutta tällä hetkellä asun Suomessa.

Local people and Finnish mentality – were the first things that surprised me. In the early days of my stay in this country, Finnish people seemed to me so reserved and shy. More than once I saw how at local bars, many fins enjoyed coming in for a drink on their own.

After a few months I have spent in Finland, I met with a lot of Finns, and now they do not seem to me slow and apathetic people. On the contrary, many of them know how to have fun and a good time. Those first two months of my life in here, created a false impression of an entire culture and people. Turned on the fact that these people are in the majority, are very kind and honest, these two qualities, this combines the features of the people of Finland. In the beginning it’s not that easy to get through to the Finns. They seem a bit reserved. But once you really get to know them, you will have a friend for a lifetime.

The second thing that must be mentioned – the atmosphere at the university. Straight away I felt welcome and well-prepared for my life in a foreign country. I never had the feeling that I was left alone with my questions, tutors and teachers are always ready to help. You are somehow on the same level with the teachers. When I think about my first weeks and months in Finland, I was really impressed by the attitude of the university staff.

In Tampere, we have seminars of the size of 10 to 25 people and a really close relationship with the teaching professors. The professors are more like colleagues here. If you want to discuss something with them, you can always arrange a meeting on short notice. Studying here is a very personal and collaborative experience.

This is completely different from my previous studies at Russian high school. Every lesson I took there was packed and impersonal.

I also would like to emphasize that the equipment of the university here is excellent. In my field of studies, this applies especially for the environmental laboratories and the extensive collection of the university library. Finland is a small but very modern knowledge society. It is easy to get access to all kinds of information, not only on the scientific level, but in everyday life. The computer facilities are usually up-to-date. A fast internet connection for all users is of course standard in the university.

I especially like the living environment. Finland is very safe country, especially comparing to Russia, you don’t have to fear neither crime nor discrimination.

For six months I have lived here in Tampere, the third largest city in Finland, and many things have changed in this short period of time. Streets, houses, and the main thing – people, do not seem to me so unknown and alien anymore. During this time, I could experience the atmosphere of this wonderful country, and the more I get to know it, the more I like it.


Coffee places for working in Finland

by Yulia Pak, degree student in Media

A student boy sitting at a cafeteria table writing his home work

Jungsoo writing Finnish exercises at cafeteria table

Working in coffee places is a special culture, at least for me. Firstly, I would like to specify what do I mean under “working”: come to coffee places to do study or work, if person is a writer, for example. As for me I spend plenty of time in coffee places by doing my studies, thinking, making notes or just meeting my friends. Coffee places can tell a lot about mentality of people and in every city or country I check how popular is this culture. Of course, I did the same in Finland. I’m not really good in making good and understandable structure of texts therefore I will write all articulately.

Which coffee places are appropriate for working?

The main criteria are quite easy and obvious: a lot of sockets, wi¬fi and light. It is good to have bright day light and when it is dark to have individual light for every table. Individual light creates a feeling of personal space which is really required for working. Personal space can also be created by good arrangements of tables. Good and calm background music is also really needed. Additionally, when I’m looking for coffee places I prefer old style places with a lot of design elements which make comfort.

Findings in Finland.

Here I would like to write some my findings about this culture in Finland. When I came 7 months ago to Finland it was difficult to find any place to study but during this time two new Wayne’s coffee places were opening and they have almost all criteria for working. But still there are not so many. Another appropriate places simply don’t have sockets or wi¬fi. Most of the people that I met in Wayne’s just come to communicate not for working. If people usually come to work to cafes because they need to isolate theirselves from home or they want to find a special mood for working. May be it is possible to say that Finnish people are really home lovers! They better bring atmosphere of comfort to home than try to find it somewhere else. I think like this because Finnish shops are full of homy style stuff but it is difficult to find cafes in this style. In this way, I really appreciate the fact but as a foreigner here with my crazy love to cafes I would like to see more cafes for working than bars.


Finns – special of their own way

by Henry Koch, degree student in Environmental Engineering

People around the lighthouse Siilinkari on a sunny winter day: blue sky, snow on the ice

People in Tampere use to gang together at the lighthouse Siilinkari when the winter sun rises higher and higher and the ice is still strong enough.

The first chapter in English, the second the same in Finnish etc.

I think that Finland, this silent and deeply forested country in the Nordic region, is a country full of love and humility. With four seasons in a year: summer, autumn, spring and winter, the spirit of my new home country never fades.

Minun mielestäni Suomi, tämä hiljainen ja todella metsäinen maa Pohjois-Euroopassa, on täynnä rakkautta ja nöyryyttä. Siellä on neljä vuodenaikaa: kesä, syksy, kevät ja talvi, mutta minun uuden kotimaani henki pysyy samana.

However, majority of the visitors who visit Finland for a short time get the impression that Finns are “cold” people. This impression is not always true! Because the people like to have their space, they live a modest way and are quite respectful of other people’s space and time. Finns never boast of their achievements.

Kuitenkin moni Suomessa vierailijoista luulee, että suomalaiset ovat kylmiä luonteeltaan. Vaikutelma ei ole aina totta, koska ihmiset vain haluavat omaa tilaa, he ovat vaatimattomia ja kunnioittavat toisten tilaa ja aikaa. He eivät kehu itseään.

One thing the Finnish people should be very proud of is their language. Suomi on maailman paras kieli!

Yksi asia, josta suomalaisten pitäisi olla oikein ylpeitä, on heidän kielensä. Suomi on maailman paras kieli!


Price plaque of winter cafeteria at Siilinkari lighthouse

When you have walked, skated or skiid to the lighthouse, do you need a hot drink or a snack?

Snowboarding In Tampere area – Lumilautailua Tampereella

by Federico di Rosa, degree student in Media

Icy birch twigs in sun shine, background blue sky

Do you enjoy winter sports and in particular snowboarding ? I do and I can tell you something about the possibilities in Tampere.

There are mainly two places where you can go, and these are Mustavuori and Hervanta ski resorts (Tampereen Rinteet).

Both resorts have 2 big slopes and one for children. If you are used to go skiing on the Alps for instance, do not expect anything like it but if you are just looking for some jumps and rails that’s the right place for you.

Prices: my opinion? way too expensive for what you get. But you know this is Finland 🙂

My suggestion? Go on Tuesdays because of  very good discount: you can get a ticket for 3-5 euros an hour. Also renting (board and boots) will cost you only 3.5 an hour. Quite nice, isn’t it?

More info: http://www.tampereenrinteet.fi/?page_id=25