No. 22 – The Oresund Bridge, Copenhagen & Malmö

Oresund Bridge - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman

The Øresund or Öresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen and  Swedish: Öresundsbron) is the combined railway and motorway bridge across the Øresund strait between Sweden and Denmark. The bridge runs nearly 5 miles from the Swedish coast to the artificial island Peberholm in the middle of the strait. The crossing is completed by the 4-kilometre (2.5 mi) Drogden Tunnel from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager.

The Oresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and connects two major metropolitan areas: Copenhagen, the Danish capital city, and the Swedish city of Malmö. Construction began in 1995, with the bridge opening to traffic in July 2000. The complex combined design of bridge and tunnel was chosen to avoid interfering with air traffic from the nearby Copenhagen Airport, and to provide a clear channel for ships in all weather.

Here’s my dusky evening view of the Oresund Bridge, crossing the strait between Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden. It was the symbol of the Nordic noir television series ‘The Bridge’, a drama series we’ve loved… with regular cinematic shots flying over and around the structure (Usually illuminated at night). The final series ended on Friday, so it felt like a good time to capture this modern architectural gem with an expressive skyline.

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Next up: No.23 – The Forbidden City, Beijing.