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Tunnel and Oeresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden

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Date Posted:August 2nd, 2005
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Description: Connection between Denmark and Sweden. West of the island the connection is a tunnel, below and East of the island is Oeresund Bridge, 16 km long, finished in 2000.


Information by Claudio Marchesin:

In 1991, the governments of Denmark and Sweden agreed to build a bridge to connect the two countries across the Oresund Strait. The 16-kilometer-long Oresund Link between Malmo, Sweden (right), and Copenhagen, Denmark (left), was completed and opened to traffic in 2000. Denmark and Sweden were linked once more Ś7,000 years after rising sea levels accompanying the end of the Ice Age severed the dry-land connection between the two.
The Oresund Link has three main segments. On the Denmark side, the link begins with a 3,510-meter (2.2-mile) underwater tunnel. The tunnel emerges from the water onto a roadway on a 4,055-meter (2.5-mile) artificial island, Peberholm, which appears as a bright white shape to the south of the natural island in the scene. The cable-supported Oresund Bridge stretches 7,845 meters (4.9 miles) across the eastern part of the Strait toward Sweden, making a thin white line across the image.


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