Skata - the old wooden house neighbourhood
Norrmalm, or "Skata", is one of Finland's largest continuous areas of old wooden houses.
Norrmalm was first planned to be a residential area in 1783, but the town proletariat had their homes there even before the Great Wrath (Stora ofreden 1710-1721).
Residential area for sailors and tobacco factory workers
Until the latter part of the 18th century most of Norrmalm's inhabitants were seamen and their families. The district was rapidly changed to a working-class district when the Strengberg tobacco factory expanded in the 1890s and became the the biggest employer in the town.
Skata was protected in 1982 and it has largely preserved its original state. Strict regulations ensure that the area will retain its authentic look and history.
Today Skata is one of the most desirable residential areas in Jakobstad.
Get to know Skata
The best way to explore Skata is on foot.
The Tourist Information can arrange guided tours in the area (advance reservation required).