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Introducing Jakobstad

Over half the population are Swedish-speaking in Jakobstad (Finnish: Pietarsaari), making it the unofficial capital of Parallelsverige (Parallel Sweden). Give yourself a day or two to investigate the well-preserved historic Skata area and the town’s inter-esting museums (including one devoted to chicory coffee), and to make the most of the old harbour and pretty beaches further west.

The town’s name comes from Swedish war hero Jacob de la Gardie, whose widow Ebba Braha founded Jakobstad in 1652, naming it in her husband’s memory. Jakobstad is also the birthplace of Finland’s national poet, JL Runeberg, though surprisingly little fuss is made of the fact.