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<map lat="61.49796642404192" lng="23.764843940734863" zoom="11" controls="small" float="right" /> Tampere (Swedish Tammerfors) is the "second city" of Finland with population over 200 000.
South to Helsinki, Hämeenlinna and Turku
Though much traffic there is going towards the suburbs instead of further south, Viinikka crossroads is within walking distance from downtown. Go south from the Orthodox church or the bus station on the east side of the street, then at the intersection cross the street and turn east, and finally turn south after going under the two railroad bridges. There's a bus stop across from a petrol station that gives ample space for a car to stop.
Use a sign because the road divides after some tens of kilometers into the E12 towards to Helsinki and Hämeenlinna and the E63 to Turku, and with a sign you might get a direct ride all the way to your destination.
If leaving from the Hervanta district, there is a closer option. Walk to the crossroads of Ahvenisjärventie and road #309 (a.k.a. Ruskontie). This it is 15 min walk from the center of Hervanta. There's a deserted 'bus stop' that is an ideal place for hitching. All traffic passing this place goes at least 5km to the crossing of road #309 and motorway #3 (road to Helsinki/Turku). Here there is another bus stop with ample stopping room and abundant traffic where one can soon continue on south. Turn down rides only as far as the suburb, as traffic directly to one's final destination will come soon.
It's a motorway the whole way from Tampere to Helsinki and with a sign you usually get a direct ride to your destination. If not, it's better to continue hitch hiking onramps (there's usually a bus stop) than on the motorway.
East to Jyväskylä
Take bus 28 from Keskustori (the city's central square) to the stop Vastarannankatu. Just twenty metres further up the road there's the entrance for the motorway, clearly signposted. It's easy for cars to stop there, but there is little traffic. You can walk a bit further to join the actual motorway, where you have a very large insertion road you can take advantage of, however the cars go too quick, even though they see you very well, they do not want to brake.
The best option is as follows. Walking less than 1 km from the place on the picture along the motorway (it's not a highway, it's allowed to walk there), under the bridge and further, it brings you to a gas station, where you can ask people, or stand on a bus stop right beside it. There you have the full traffic, and the cars drive slower, as there is a speed limit.
North-west to Vaasa
Walk from the city center north-west until you´ll walk under a bridge and will see a road and an amusement park behind that. Cross this road, walk west and after maybe 200 metres you'll find a bus stop. This is not the best hitchhiking spot but with some luck you'll get a ride to a better place. Accept these shorter rides to get to a better spot. There are loads of busstops on the way to Vaasa from where one can hitchhike from.
Around the city
You can access internet for free in the main library "Metso" (pääkirjasto Metso). There are about eight standing computers, which you can use for 30 minutes, or maybe a bit longer if there is no queue. Look for the bunch of computers with library users around them, the other stands are for the library database only - you will also discover them when you try to navigate off the library homepage (unsuccesfully).
There is also an immigrants welcome centre UNIPOINT. Here there are free to use PCs, a mall kitchen and staff that speak English, Suomi, Deutsch that can help you with a range of stuff. Unipoint is open in the day in the old library (vanhakirjasto) in the main square by the main bus station. There are also maps of the city in Unipoint for free. It is run by the council.
In the main rail station there is a tourist info centre also with free net access. It is on the left past the ticket purchase area.
There is pay for net access in Tampere airport.