Tampere Ambassador: Elisabetta Gaglione

Where are you from?
I’m from Italy. My hometown is Genoa which is one of the biggest cities of the country, situated just between the sea and the mountains.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I moved to Tampere in 2004. I arrived as a tourist and then I decided to stay. I found an hourly job as Italian teacher, got admitted to the University of Tampere and felt in love with this country. These years have been challenging for many reasons, I have learned a lot and I’d do this again. It has been an amazing adventure. On a personal level, I’m shy and extrovert at the same time, super creative and I love to reinvent myself.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
I’m from a big city and Tampere, especially at the very beginning, seemed to me very tiny. Then I gradually learned its rhythms and to melt into it. Today, when I go back to Genoa, I do feel a bit like a “fish out water”. Tampere is now my place, it’s not chaotic, it’s people oriented and there is all you need. What I love the most is the strong bond with the nature and the silence.

Tell about your professional activities?
In the past 4 years, I’ve mainly worked as customer finder/marketing assistant for several Finnish companies interested in expanding their markets to Italy. At the moment, I’m working as assistant for a start-up based in Tampere that does consultancy in optical and thermal engineering. In the evening I teach Italian to adults and do translations.

What is your involvement in international activities?
I graduated from the University of Tampere in International Relations. After moving to Finland that was surely the most significant way to be internationally involved. At the moment, the team I’m working with is mainly composed by foreigners and our goal is to find supporters for our humanitarian campaign from all over the world. That’s a 360 degrees international working life. In addition to this, I’m also helping out in several Finnish charity associations that support dog strays from Romania and Spain.

What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?
When I was working as tourist information officer at Visit Tampere I truly loved what I was doing. And I’ll definitely keep on doing that: suggesting people to visit this beautiful city and helping tourists in need if I see any. And then strengthening relations between Italy and Finland. I’m not just referring to pure business relations but I hope to inspire people to learn our beautiful language and become fans of our tasty food. I’d love to bring a bit more of Italy to Finland and a bit more of Finland to Italy.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
I think Tampere is a smart city. It does have a lot to offer to tourists, students and business oriented people. I’d anyway like to see international cooperation strengthened because I think there is a lot of unexplored potential. I also hope that Finnish companies will increasingly dare to hire foreigners, to think more “outside the box” where talented persons can indeed be found.

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