Fisheries Areas Network

Country Factsheet

Sweden - 13 FLAGs - 14.6 M€

Although the fishing sector represents a minor part of the Swedish economy, it nevertheless plays an important role for some regions and communities. The key goals that CLLD has to pursue in Sweden’s fisheries areas are increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises; protecting the environment (especially the Baltic Sea) and promoting the sustainable use of resources; and also promoting employment and diversification of fishermen and fisheries actors. These goals are at the core of the 13 Swedish FLAGs’ strategies.

CLLD Programme

CLLD Context: 

Although the fishing sector represents a minor part of Sweden's GDP (around 0.10%) it nevertheless plays an important role for some regions and communities. In 2013, the total value of landings by the Swedish national fleet was €131.2 million, an increase of 7% compared to 2008. The catch sector boasts 886 full time equivalent (FTE) employees. In 2012, the aquaculture sector, with 263 FTE employees, generated a gross revenue of €49.8 million, and turned a net profit of €5.7 million. The fish processing sector, with 1 831 FTE employees in 2012, generated €613.2 million in gross revenue and turned a net profit of €12.8 million.

Contact details of the managing authority can be found here.

More information about national EMFF programmes can be found here.

Axis 4 achievements (2007-2013): 

In the previous programming period, Sweden had a total of 14 FLAGs, some of them combined with LEADER LAG (ten coastal FLAGs and four inland FLAGs).

The main achievements of Axis 4 include the following:

  • Protection, restoration and development of the aquatic flora and fauna.
  • Increased public-private cooperation and better understanding by local authorities.
  • Increased cooperation between fisheries actors within the FLAG-area and between different sectors along the fisheries delivery chain.
CLLD objectives and challenges for 2014-2020: 

The main challenges that community-led local development will face in Sweden’s fisheries areas in the coming years are:

  • Increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Protection of the environment, especially the Baltic Sea, and promotion of the sustainable use of resources
  • Promotion of employment and diversification of fishers and fisheries actors.

To cope with these challenges, the objectives for CLLD in Sweden 2014-2020 are:

  • Promoting instruments for environmentally sustainable, resource-efficient, innovative and competitive fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Increasing employment and local cohesion through community-led local development.
  • Promoting instruments to diversify fisheries along the delivery chain and to related sectors.
  • Promoting instruments to preserve and develop local fishing communities, including maritime heritage and culture.

The number of FLAGs decreased from 14 to 13 when two of the former areas were merged. Compared to the 2007-2013 period, the total budget for CLLD has remained stable. The budget for FLAGs has also remained stable as a result.

Multi-fund CLLD in Sweden

Swedish FLAGs have already cooperated with LEADER LAGs between 2007 and 2013.

During the period 2014-2020, the Swedish CLLD groups have the possibility to be multi-funded and have access to all ESI funds (EAFRD, ESF, ERDF, EMFF).

Nine of the 13 groups are multi-funded. Four are separate FLAGs and manage functional fisheries areas covering coherent water systems like lakes or rivers. Detailed information as to which LAGs have access to which funds can be found here.

CLLD Budget

Total budget: 
€14 637 309
  • EMFF budget for CLLD: 
    €8 343 266
  • Co-funding: 
    €6 294 043
  • Proportion of CLLD in EMFF budget: 
Number of FLAGs: 
Average budget per FLAG: 
€1 125 947

National Network

The Swedish National Rural Network (NRN, www.landsbygdsnatverket.se) of the Rural Development Programme, provides support to all CLLD actors of the four ESI Funds. It also brings together all rural and fisheries actors from the local, regional and national level and, as such, acts as a platform integrating the different levels and the different funds.

A special thematic group focusing on fisheries and aquaculture has been set up within the NRN. It is funded through the EMFF and goes beyond the FLAGs, who are just one of its stakeholders. The thematic groups also bring together the fishermen’s and aquaculture organisations, the nature protection association, the game fishing sector and regional authorities. The thematic group will have four aims:

  1. Disseminate knowledge about more environmentally friendly systems and fishing gear to the NRN member organisations,
  2. Strengthen sustainable competitiveness through skills acquisition for the actors within the fishing sector,
  3. Promote sustainable (local and regional) management models for fish stocks,
  4. Promote possibilities for youth to develop and work within fishery and aquaculture.

Click here for the National Network contact details.


For the EMFF funding period 12 cooperation projects were reported by the managing authority by December 2021, including a study visit to France to explore ways to promote and market oysters produced in Sweden.

For information on how cooperation was programmed and organised in Sweden, click here.

Delivery of CLLD

The funding application process: 

The Swedish Board of Agriculture (the Managing Authority for all CLLD funding in Sweden) is responsible for selecting FLAGs.

The call for FLAGs was launched in April 2014, with the deadline for draft applications in December 2015/January 2016 and the final approval of the FLAGs and the strategies taking place between October 2015 and March 2016.


Code Name Region Surface area (km²) Population Population density (per km²) Employment in fisheries*
SE201 Tornedalen Haparanda FLAG
40157 44201 2 55
SE202 Vindeälven FLAG
13300 95875 7 18
SE203 Mittland Plus FLAG
Eastern part of Middle Norrland
25467 252064 10 26
SE204 Gästrikebygden FLAG
Cental Sweden
28026 292677 10 116
SE205 Stockholmsbygd FLAG
Stockholm archipelago
13461 124126 9 47
SE206 Gotland FLAG
3134 57161 18 41
SE207 Sydost FLAG 12450 297000 20 26
SE208 Sydöstra Skåne FLAG 403 204380 51 143
SE209 Skåne Nordväst Norra FLAG 6517 343256 50 84
SE210 Halland FLAG 5427 325000 60 92
SE211 Bohuskust FLAG 3629 223000 61 2420
SE212 Lake Vänern FLAG 7328 170352 37 210
SE213 Lake Vättern FLAG 5955 143413 25 27
(*)according to the information received from the FLAG


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