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Statistics on Recreational Fishing

A statistical report on recreational fishing in Sweden has shed some light on the popularity of the leisure activity.

Photo: Maja Kristin Nylander

This study with data from 2015 showed that 1.6 million recreational fishers generated 14,9 billions SEK in expenditures during that year.

Money Spent

  • short-term costs (fishing equipment, travel, fishing guides, food, accommodations): 3.6 billion SEK
  • long-term investments (boats, costly fishing equipment): 11.3 billion SEK


  • Men: 1 million
  • Women: 0.5 million

Age Distribution

  • 16–30 years: 0,4 million people
  • 31–50 years: 0,6 million people
  • 51–80 years: 0,5 million people

Total Number of Fishing Days

  • 8 million days in lakes and rivers
  • 3,2 million days in the sea

Types of Fishing Gear Used

  • handheld gear: 11,2 million occasions used
  • nets, pots and similar gear: 1,8 million occasions used

Amount Caught

  • inland: 12,000 tons
  • at sea: 10,000 tons

Most Commonly-Caught Species

  • inland: perch, pike, trout, crayfish and pike-perch
  • at sea: perch, pike, mackerel, trout and herring

Published: 2014-11-21

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