Economic Benefits of Fishing and Hunting Services

Hunters and fishers travelling to state-owned lands bring income to their chosen destinations. Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland sells about 150,000 hunting and fishing permits yearly.

The money flow from hunters and fishers is moving in a beneficial direction for the balancing of regional economy. The duration of hunting and fishing trips is the longest in when travelling to the northern and eastern parts of the country, so benefits for regional economy are the biggest in Lapland, Kainuu, Northern Ostrobothnia and North Karelia.

A euro spent on a Metsähallitus hunting license generates 10 euros to the destination region, and every hunting area brings ca. 1.5 jobs to the neighbourhood.

Two thirds of the sum spent on a hunting or a fishing trip stays in the region. Most of the money was spent on fuel, retail stores, accommodation and restaurants.

The estimate of effects on regional economy is based on the amount of fishing and hunting licenses sold by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland and researched information on the average amount of money spent on hunting and fishing trips. The effects of expenditure on economy and employment are calculated using a method developed in cooperation by Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland and the Finnish Forest Research Institute (the Natural Resources Institute Finland).