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The Øresund Bridge in Copenhagen

The iconic part bridge and part tunnel, which connects Denmark and Sweden

Best time: all year round (best April–October)

The Øresund Bridge
The Øresund Bridge
The Øresund Bridge
The Øresund Bridge

The Øresund Bridge is an engineering wonder, which includes a bridge, a tunnel, and an artificial island located at the point where the bridge goes underwater. The bridge runs across Øresund strait and connects Copenhagen and Malmö, the third-largest city in Sweden.

This 10-mile (16-km) bridge was constructed in 2000 with the help of giant floating cranes. It's operated by Denmark and Sweden jointly. The bridge is an important infrastructure for around 200,000 people that cross it each day.

From the engineering point of view, one of the most interesting parts of the bridge is a small artificial island, built using material dredged from the seabed, which is also a subject of interest for biologists. The island's flora was left to develop naturally and today it boasts around 500 species of plants and is inhabited by several species of birds.

To appreciate the beauty of the Øresund Bridge, you can either take a trip to Malmö, enjoying a ride across the bridge, or take a walk along the seashore and admire it from a distance. It should be especially pleasant on a warm, clear, and sunny day during the warmer season when you can see Malmö on the backdrop.

Practical info

When was the Øresund Bridge constructed, and how long is it?

Connecting Copenhagen and Malmö, the Øresund Bridge is a colossal engineering wonder constructed in 2000. Spanning 10 miles (16 km) across the Øresund strait, the bridge is a combination of a bridge, tunnel, and an artificial island built at the point where the bridge submerges underwater. Show more

Where is the Øresund Bridge located?

Located at the Øresund strait, the Øresund Bridge connects Malmö, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark. With its primary function of providing access to commuters, the bridge serves approximately 200,000 people daily. Øresund strait offers connectivity between the North Sea, Baltic sea, Kattegat sea area, and the Atlantic Ocean. Show more

How does the construction of the Øresund Bridge benefit the locals of Denmark and Sweden?

The Øresund Bridge, a modern infrastructure, aids the locals in numerous ways, a few of which include facilitating communication and transport between Denmark and Sweden, expanding the labor market, and stimulating the regional economy. Furthermore, the architecture ensures that wildlife in the area is safeguarded and the adverse environmental impact minimized. Show more

When is the best time of year to visit the Øresund Bridge?

Open year-round, the Øresund Bridge is an awe-inspiring sight no matter when you visit. Though visitors may prefer going there from April to October, a period of warmer weather, since they can go for a stroll along the seashore while taking in the breath-taking view of Malmö in the backdrop. Those keen on photography have the chance to capture stunning sights at this time as well. Show more

What is unique about the artificial island constructed as a part of the Bridge?

The Øresund Bridge's artificial island is remarkable for its natural growth of approximately 500 species of plants and diverse birdlife. Made using dredged-up seabed material, the island has been left to develop on its own, creating an exciting landscape for biologists and nature enthusiasts. Additionally, the island's design serves as a protective barrier, lessening the impact of heavy waves on the bridge, cutting down maintenance expenses and repair durations. Show more

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