Tampere is a city in southern Finland. It is the most populous inland city in any of the Nordic countries.
The city has a population of 215,315,growing to approximately 300,000 people in the conurbation and over 340,000 in the metropolitan area. It is second-largest urban area and third most-populous municipality in Finland.
Tampere is located between two lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi. Since the two lakes differ in level by 18 metres (59 ft), the rapids linking them, Tammerkoski, have been an important power source throughout history, most recently for generating electricity. Tampere is dubbed the "Manchester of Finland" for its industrial past as the former center of Finnish industry, and this has given rise to its Finnish nickname "Manse" and terms such as "Manserock".
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