Jakobstad

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Jakobstad

(yäk`o͝opstäd') or

Pietarsaari

(pē`ĕtärsä'rē), city (1996 pop. 19,905), Western Finland prov., W Finland, on the Gulf of Bothnia. It is an important port and industrial center. More than half the inhabitants speak Swedish. The city was founded in 1652. The Finnish national poet J. L. RunebergRuneberg, Johan Ludvig
, 1804–77, Finnish national poet. In 1837 he became a teacher of Latin and Greek at Porvoo near Helsinki. Runeberg's simple and realistic style helped to check the tendency toward false rhetoric in Scandinavian literature.
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 was born (1804) there.