Translation:There is a long bridge between Sweden and Denmark.
Isn't it "officially" the Ø̈resundsbron so that it's in Swedish and Danish at the same time?
I don't know, but the bridge part of the connection is almost 8 kilometers across, to the artificial island of Pepparholm. From there, a tunnel of about 4 kilometers takes the traveller to Denmark. The reason it's a tunnel on the Danish side is that the connection is located close to the Copenhagen Airport, and due to the planes landing and taking off it would not have been prudent to construct high bridge pylons.
Interestingly, the island of Pepparholm, called Peberholm in Danish, (Pepper Islet) is named that way to go well with the nearby Saltholm (Salt Islet).
I recall reading a comic from a Dane about how it was originally supposed to be a tunnel the whole way, but then Denmark got lazy and decided to build a bridge for their half instead. Clearly the poor guy had gotten the bridge-tunnel backwards, but it was still a cute image.
Actually the tunnel is on the Danish side and the bridge is on the Swedish side :-)
That's what I meant by "clearly the poor guy had gotten the bridge-tunnel backwards" :-P
There was a crime drama called The Bridge which was a joint Danish / Swedish production (its actual title was Bron/Broen). The English releases are subtitled, so it's probably a decent place to hear some spoken Swedish if you're not living over there. Also, it's a pretty great series regardless of whether you want to learn the language!
IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1733785
Både och :). De danska skådespelarna talar danska och de svenska talar svenska.
It's been a long time since I was in Sweden. I crossed by ferry several times between Sweden and Denmark, whether traveling by car or train. It was weird to be sitting on a train and feeling the motion of a boat instead of the rhythm of the rails. That made a big impression on me.
The bridge was opened to the public in 2000, if that's what you're asking. :)
Yes, thank you!
I missed that event, obviously! Lol!
Despite usually getting seasickness, I think I would choose the ferry instead of the tunnel if given the choice. It gives me the willies to think of being in a tunnel under the water. But I'm sure it is QUICK!
The bridge is indeed usually a simpler choice. But the ferry may be smarter depending on your goal anyway.
I personally much prefer the bridge, even its tunnel part, to getting seasick. :p
Now that I think about it, seasickness is worse than the fear of tunneling under the water, lol! I'm pretty sure I've begged God to kill me when throwing up, lol.
The ferry service between Malmö and Copenhagen was dismissed when the bridge opened. If you want to take a ferry, you need to go all the way up to Helsingør/Helsingborg.
Oh, I see! Well, the tunnel and bridge are looking even better now. :D
I'm trying to remember where I took the ferry. I'll have to look at a map and see what my route would have been. For some reason, I'm thinking I went through Helsingborg.
@Jean: If you came through continental Europe, you may have taken the Puttgarden-Rødby one as well.
Penguin, that is another possibility. Haven't looked at a map yet to jog my memory.
I think I flew in and out of Copenhagen once, and the other times I flew in and out of Luxembourg and rented a car.
Now that the subject has come up, I HAVE to know which ferries I took, lol!