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Tampere metropolitan area
Tampereen kaupunkiseutu – Tammerfors stadsregion
Metropolitan area
Boat on the river Tammerkoski
Boat on the river Tammerkoski
CountryFinland
RegionPirkanmaa
Sub-regionTampere sub-region
SeatTampere
Area
 • Land4,038.72 km2 (1,559.36 sq mi)
Population
 (2023-12-31)
 • Total416,629
 • Density103.2/km2 (267/sq mi)
GDP
 • Total€22.1 billion (2021)
WebsiteTampereen seutu

Tampere metropolitan area or Tampere region (Finnish: Tampereen seutu, Swedish: Tammerfors region) is the metropolitan area around the city of Tampere in Finland. The joint municipal authority of the Tampere city region (Finnish: Tampereen kaupunkiseutu, Swedish: Tammerfors stadsregion) consists of eight municipalities: Tampere, Kangasala, Lempäälä, Nokia, Orivesi, Pirkkala, Vesilahti and Ylöjärvi.[2] The Tampere metropolitan area forms a compact, urban-like regional growth centre where people commute from a relatively large area of the Pirkanmaa region.

The Tampere metropolitan area has a population of about 417,000, making it the second largest region in Finland after Helsinki. The terms Tampere metropolitan area, Tampere region, Tampere city region, Greater Tampere and the other terms used are not fixed and may vary in different contexts.

Tampere metropolitan area differs from the Tampere sub-region (Finnish: Tampereen seutukunta), which also includes the municipalities of Hämeenkyrö, Kuhmoinen and Pälkäne. The Tampere sub-region is used for statistical purposes. It is based on cooperation between municipalities and the commuting area. The sub-region has a population of about 435,000.

Public services

Public transport in the Tampere area is managed by Nysse. In addition to Tampere, the service area includes Kangasala, Lempäälä, Nokia, Orivesi, Pirkkala, Vesilahti and Ylöjärvi. Valkeakoski uses the Nyssen Ticketing system, but transport is organized by the city of Valkeakoski and the Pirkanmaa ELY-Centre.[3]

Public water services in the cities of Tampere and Pirkkala are managed by Tampere Water. It also provides partial services in the municipalities of Nokia, Lempäälä, Kangasala and Ylöjärvi. Tampere Water is responsible for the supply, treatment and distribution of clean water, the construction and maintenance of networks, the transport of wastewater, rainwater and snowmelt, the maintenance of the sewerage system and the treatment of wastewater. Its activities are governed by licences, laws and regulations.[4]

Joint municipial authority

The joint municipal authority of the Tampere city region organises the regional cooperation of the municipalities such as the regional planning of the municipal structure, the development of services and business cooperation.

The highest decision-making authority in the Tampere city region is exercised by the general assembly, which, among other things, elects the regional noard and approves the budget. The task of the 13-member regional board is to initiate cooperation projects and present regional solutions to the member municipalities. The regional board is supported by the municipal councils, whose task is to promote and participate in the preparation of issues in the municipalities. Issues are prepared in regional working groups such as land use and housing, transport, social services and infrastructure services.

Municipalities

Coat of
arms
Municipality Population Land area
(km2)
Density
(/km2)
Finnish
speakers
Swedish
speakers
Other
speakers
Coat of arms of Kangasala Kangasala 33,473 658 51 96 % 0.2 % 3 %
Coat of arms of Lempäälä Lempäälä 24,711 270 92 97 % 0.3 % 3 %
Coat of arms of Nokia Nokia 35,647 288 124 96 % 0.3 % 4 %
Coat of arms of Orivesi Orivesi 8,839 800 11 98 % 0.2 % 2 %
Coat of arms of Pirkkala Pirkkala 20,763 81 255 95 % 0.4 % 5 %
Coat of arms of Tampere Tampere 255,050 525 486 89 % 0.5 % 10 %
Coat of arms of Vesilahti Vesilahti 4,469 301 15 98 % 0.5 % 2 %
Coat of arms of Ylöjärvi Ylöjärvi 33,677 1,116 30 97 % 0.4 % 3 %
Total 416,629 4,039 103 92 % 0.5 % 8 %

See also

References

  1. ^ "Gross domestic product (GDP) at current market prices by metropolitan regions". ec.europa.eu.
  2. ^ "Tampereen seutu". Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  3. ^ "Three zone system". Nysse. Retrieved 2024-03-25.
  4. ^ "Tampere Water". Tampereen Vesi. Retrieved 2024-03-25.