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Tampere Ambassador: Martina Biondi

Where are you from?
I'm from Milan, Italy but I currently live in a small village close to Bergamo with my Finnish husband and our 1-year-old daughter. Despite where I'm from, when someone asks I always say that I was born in Italy but my heart and my soul belong to Finland and, in particular, to Tampere.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I'm a very strong and determinated person. I often say what I think and I (almost) always get what I want in life. I'm also very friendly, I like to meet to new people, especially if they are foreigners. I think one of my best feature is empathy, I'm
a very good listener and I always try to help people who are in trouble with something, I don't care if they are my friends or strangers, if they need help i'll be there to help them.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
I fell in love with Tampere in 2012, the first time I visited Finland. It's my husband hometown so I spent a lot of time there, and each time was special. When I'm in Tampere I feel home, I feel safe and I feel that I'm exactly where I want to be.
People are nice and welcoming, the city is clean and full of activies to do. There are a lot of parks and playgrounds, restaurants, shops and also it's well connected with bus lines and trains. And the nature, oh the nature is so awesome!

In the end the reason why I think Tampere is a great place to live is that you feel like you are living in a big city, with all the comfortabilities that a big city often offers, but at the same time you are surrounded by an amazing nature.

Tell about your professional activities?
Currently I'm a stay-at-home mom, one of the hardest job ever where you get paid with smiles and hugs and not with money.
In the future I'd like to have my own activity since I like to bake cakes and sweets but it's still just a dream, I hope I can make it happen in few years.

What is your involvement in international activities?
Well, since I'm married to a Finnish person and I have friends and family living in Finland I can say, without being exaggerated, that at the moment I have more contacts with foreign people than italians. Plus, one year ago I was so lucky to attend a tv show which main focus was to show how people with different cultures and languages can still be a couple and love each other. Be a part of that show gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of new people from differnt countries and with different culture. It really opened my mind.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?
As i said before, when I'm in Tampere I feel happy, completed and home and my mission, as an ambassador, is to make people feel the same way as I feel when I'm there. Also, I would like people to understand that Finland is not just Helsinki, there are a lot of other cities and sights that deserve to be visited and Tampere is for sure one of them.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
I think Tampere has a HUGE potential. It's a young and dynamic city, it has changed so much since the first time I was there and it's still going to change in the future. Right now I know the city is growing a lot, they are building a new commercial center and a tram line, I think all these things, if possible, will make Tampere a place more enjoyable to live and to visit than now.

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