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FLAG factsheet - Sweden - Tornedalen & Haparanda Archipelago

Offical name: 
Fiskeområde Tornedalen – Haparanda skärgård
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Tornedalen and Haparanda Archipelago
Description of the area and its main challenges

The Tornedalen (valley of river Torne) is situated on the border with Finland and flows into the gulf of Bothnia. This area is amongst the least populated areas of Sweden and covers an extensive water basin of fresh streams and rivers as well as a coastal archipelago. Tourism activities and processing hold good potential for diversifying the fisheries sector in the area. The main challenge of the FLAG is to achieve a sound and sustainable exploitation of the local resources.

Population: 25 000                                           Employment in fisheries: 30 FTE mostly along the coast
Surface area/km²: 25 000                               Coastal or inland: both
Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 1     Protected areas: a number of Natura 2000 areas (brought together in a local network).

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG wants to develop the fisheries potential of the area which is currently under-exploited. For this aim, three main action areas have been identified: cooperation at regional level (from coast to mountain), development of fishing tourism (assessing the potential of other species apart from salmon) and environmental protection (river management and mapping).

Environmental management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 1
Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1 - 5): 2
Diversification into other activities (1 - 5): 3
Common understanding of challenges between stakeholders in the area: 5
Creating partnerships inside and outside the area: 4

Project examples and ideas

- Training on blue tourism and recreational fishing for local individuals and SMEs
- Development of a recipe book with traditional recipes of the area.
- Research studies on the state and the recovery of fish populations in local streams and rivers.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Fiskeområde Tornedalen – Haparanda skärgård

Other key actors / organisations in the partnership: Norrbotten county, Regional Employment office, Norrbotten association of local authorities, Haparanda municipality, Övertorneå municipality, Pajala municipality, Kiruna municipality, Tornedalens Highschool.

Links with LEADER: No.

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 40
% of fisheries sector actors: 30
% of non-fisheries private / NGO sector actors: 30
% of environmental actors: 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 20
Number of individuals on decision-making body: 11
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 0.5 FTE


Total public funding 2007-2013:         €1 242 662 (SEK 11 000 000)
EFF:                                                         €621 331 (SEK 5 500 000)
Other public funding:                              €621 331 (SEK 5 500 000)

FLAG Manager: 
Börje Rytiniemi
Other contact: 
President: Owe Pekkari
Matarengivaägen 21, 95731 Övertorneå, Sweden
borje.rytiniemi (at)
+46 702 69 38 20
Languages spoken: 
Swedish, English