Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries with a current population of approximately 223,000. Tampere and its seven neighbouring municipalities constitute the Tampere City Region, and the Ratina shopping centre will be within the sphere of influence of this larger region. The Tampere City Region is Finland’s second-largest urban area and its population is estimated to reach approximately half a million by 2040. More than 4,000 people move to the Tampere City Region each year.
Tampere is at the crossroads of Finland’s major transport corridors. Its central location and easy accessibility make Tampere an attractive proposition for businesses. Estimates indicate that some 60,000 new jobs will be created in Tampere by 2030. The strong growth and development of the city of Tampere is being promoted through various projects that will make the city and its centre even more attractive to both consumers and the business sector.
The Ratina shopping centre is being built in the heart of Tampere, on the shore of Ratina Bay, next to the bus station, the Tampere Stadium and the Ratina district. It is unique that a shopping centre can be built in the heart of a busy city, in a location with existing infrastructure already in place. This shopping centre in the city’s central business district will be easily accessible by foot, bicycle, public transport and private car. There are plenty of parking spaces in Ratina’s indoor parking building.
The Ratina shopping centre is easy to get to from near and far. Ratina will be the most significant shopping location for local residents, as well as a place for recreational activities and meeting friends. The nearby bus station and railway station, as well as good transport connections, also make Ratina easily accessible for tourists. The shopping centre will have a modern two-storey indoor parking facility with a total of 1,250 parking spaces.