3 200 inhabitants’ Merikarvia is a lively municipality offering modern and versatile services. Local industry focuses on wood processing, metal industry, and plastic product industry. Merikarvia is also known for its numerous tourist services. The best-known tourist attractions are
- The River Merikarvianjoki which offers outstanding possibilities for fishing and paddling
- the Ouraluoto island in the ruggedly beautiful archipelago by the open sea
- Eumer Fishing Center – a fishing fly manufacturer, organizer of fishing trips and courses
- Koivuniemen Herra – a country holiday farm, established in 1991.