Claudia Reitkivi came to Tampere 18 years ago to learn the language. Originally she had set her sights on a translator job in Brussels or Luxemburg.
After teaching German for a couple of years she went to work for Nokia and started a family. She decided to stay.
In 2012 Nokia Siemens Networks announced their massive cuts and she had to leave. Attending some Uratehdas programs allowed her to find a new direction.
PhysioTools is a small company hiding in plain sight in the city centre. Since 2014 Claudia has worked for PhysioTools as customer relations manager.
German being her mother tongue, she takes care of German, Austrian and Swiss markets, producing and translating marketing materials, attending business conventions and so on.
Demand for health-related small businesses will obviously remain large in the future.
– I'm happy here. In a small company one gets to participate in all kinds of things. Everyone's a jack of all trades.
Claudia thinks the Tampere Region is the right size for someone from Frankfurt and the international connections are adequate:
– We have saved a lot of money thanks to Ryanair. As we now live in Sääksjärvi, we have welcomed the developments in public transport, but there is still plenty to improve.
– I wish we had more bicycle lanes and I do hope cars will be expelled from Hämeenkatu. However, this is a nice city for a family with children. Now and then Jyväskylä tries to lure us, but I firmly intend to stay.