Oresund Bridge midspan

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Oresund Bridge linking Denmark with Sweden is the longest road and rail bridge-tunnel in Europe. It crosses the Oresund straits that separates Denmark from Swedish, to bridge Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, with the Swedish city of Malmö.

European motorway route E20 crosses the bridge along with the Oresund Railway Line. The bridge is called Öresundsbron in Sweden and Øresundbroen in Denmark, while the bridge company itself refers to it as Øresundsbron, a hybrid of the Swedish and Danish spelling of the name.

 

Bridging the gap – royal kiss

Crown Princess Victoria and Crown Prince Frederik embrace at the midpoint of the bridge, August 14, 1999

Photo: Pierre Mens/Øresundsbron

Building the bridge

Pylon with bridge deck under construction

Photo: Jan Kofod Winther/Øresundsbron

The bridge

View from Peberholm towards Sweden

Photo: Jan Kofod Winther/Øresundsbron

 

Toll station

Aerial view of toll station, July 2003

Photo: Søren Madsen/Øresundsbron

The bridge

Ferry passing under the bridge, July 2003

Train on bridge

Train passes on the lower track of the bridge, April 2005

Photo: Miklos Szabo/Øresundsbron

Broloppet 2010

10th anniversary of the half-marathon over the bridge, June 12, 2010

Photo: Drago Prvulovic/Øresundsbron

Construction of the Oresund Bridge was started in 1995, and was completed on 14 August, 1999. On 1 July 2000, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark join King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in its official inauguration.

When it was first opened, the volume of traffic was lower than forecasted. It only began to pick up from 2005, as more Danes working in Copenhagen began buying homes in Malmo, where the price of housing is lower.

As of 2006, the bridge toll is DKK 235 and SEK 290, equivalent to 32 euros for a single car ride, with up to 75% discount for regular commuters. A train ride across the bridge costs SEK 90.

The Oresund Bridge has one of the longest cable-stayed main spans in the world, at 490 metres (1608 feet). The highest pillar stands 204 m (669ft). The section over water is 7,845m (25,738ft), roughly half the distance between Sweden and Denmark, and weighs 82,000 metric tons. The entire project cost DKK 30.1 billion.

Where in the world is Oresund Bridge?

The Oresund Bridge links Copenhagen in Denmark with Malmö in Sweden, across the Oresund Strait.

Photo: Jorchr (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Photo: Christopher Persson (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

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