Leonardo Custódio, Tampere

Leonardo Custódio ( is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Tampere. He was born in Magé (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), but moved to Finland seven cold winters back.

What is in your opinion the most up-shifting place in the world and why? What are the elements that make a city up-shifting?

Of the places I have been to (not so many), Copenhagen is certainly one of my favorites. It is a big city with lots to do both day and night, but also the quiet and peace one would expect from smaller places. One can party or rest, jog or bike, dance or eat well any time of the day. Copenhagen allows people to feel safe, welcome and cozy independently of how we feel each day.

And what is that we are lacking here in the Finnish cities? (Or what would you like to bring to this new area, Aviapolis?)

Aviapolis would certainly benefit from a multicultural, lively and cheerful square with open-air pop-up eateries (like in ravintolapäivä in Helsinki) and live, but not so loud music where people could spend fun days and evenings together. For the winter, the square could be covered with a circus-like tent with heating to warm the bodies and music from all over the world to heat the hearts.