Skata – The Old Wooden House Neighbourhood in Jakobstad
Norrmalm, or “Skata”, is one of Finland’s largest continuous areas of old wooden houses.
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 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.
Enjoy the colourful, decorated wooden houses and idyllic street views which create a delightful milieu for enjoying coffee at the cosy summer terrace of Skorpan.
The Tourist Information can arrange guided tours in the area (advance reservation required).