Socio-economic data - Finland
According to available data, in 2018, there are around 1,5 million anglers. This means that one in four (27%) Finns is engaged in recreational fishing. In comparison to year 2016, there is an increase in the volumes of children and young people engaging in recreational fishing.
The Finnish recreational fishers spent €249 million on their hobby in 2017. This sum only includes the fishermen between 18-64 years, who bought the fisheries management fee. Therefore, the €249 million figure is a minimum estimation.
New research results on the recreational value of recreational fishing will be published later this year by the Natural Resources Institute Finland. In this research, the economic impact of travel has been better taken into account.
There are no exact data concerning the amount of angling tourists per year, only an estimation based on the tourists using local fishing guides.