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FLAG factsheet - Sweden - Lake Vättern

Offical name: 
Lake Vättern
South Sweden
County of Jönköping, Östergötland, Örebro and Västra Götaland
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Description of the area and its main challenges

FLAG Vättern includes Lake Vättern (1940 km²) and eight surrounding municipalities, it supports several and diverse fishing practices and interests. One of the greatest challenges will be to ensure long term sustainable resource use and diversification of target fish species in both commercial and recreational fisheries; notably through better definition of fish and crayfish population size.

Population: 211 000  Employment in fisheries: 21 profesionnal. fishermen 

Surface area/km²: 5 196   Coastal or inland: Inland

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 40.4  Protected areas: Natura 2000


Main focus of FLAG strategy

Increase the competitiveness of the fisheries sector, which also includes fishing related tourism. Create a more efficient use of the fish and crayfish resources available based on sustainable fishing. Increase the number of jobs and to improve the profitability of already existing participants. Increase the knowledge of fish populations in Lake Vättern.

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 4

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 5

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 3

Other: Diversification of target species: 5

Project examples and ideas

- Selective fishery of whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus)

- Development/adjustment to fishery in/of harbours (several)                       

- Commercial fishing/export of Burbot (Lota lota)                                           


Lead Partner/Responsible Legal Entity: Lake Vattern Society for Water Conservation

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership : The Swedish Association of Sportfishing- and Fish Management; The Crayfish Association; Municipalities; The Swedish Association of Commercial Lake Fishing; The Swedish Fishing-Waters Association; The Association of Recreational- and Fish Management of Lake Vättern; The Swedish Association of Fishing Tourism.

Links with LEADER: None, altough initial contacts have been taken                                     

% of public actors: 13

% of fisheries actors: 67

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors  20

% of environmental actors:     

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 9 organisations

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 12

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 2


Total public funding 2007-2013: €1 125 000.00 (11 million SEK)

EFF: €562 000 (5.5 million SEK)

Other public: €562 000 (5.5 million SEK)


FLAG Manager: 
Linda Griffiths
Other contact: 
President: Lars Bäckström, County Governor, County Adm. Board of Västra Götaland
The Lake Vättern Society of Water Conservation SE-551 86 JÖNKÖPING Sweden
linda.griffiths ( at )
+46 (0) 36 39 52 60
+46 (0) 16 71 83
Languages spoken: 
Swedish, English