Öresund Bridge

Øresund Bridge ( Danish: Øresundsbroen; Swedish: Öresundsbron ) is located on Øresund strait between Denmark and Sweden. It is a road and railway bridge.

The east end of the bridge is the Swedish coast, and the west end is the man-made island Peberholm in the middle of the strait. The island is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the Danish island of Amager and 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Swedish coast.

The total length of the Øresund Bridge link is 9.9 mi (16 km ), the length of the bridge section is 4.9 mi (7.8 km ), and the Longest span is 1608 ft (490 m ). It was the longest road and rail bridge in Europe from 2009 to 2018. It connected the Danish capital Copenhagen with the Swedish city of Malmö. It was later defeated by Russia’s Crimean Bridge.

Construction began in 1995 and the bridge opened to traffic on July 1, 2000. It total cost about 19.6 billion DKK/25.8 billion SEK (US $3.1 billion ).

Cars driving on Öresund Bridge
Cars driving on Öresund Bridge


  • March 23, 1991: Sweden and Denmark sign an agreement to build a fixed link across Øresund.
  • September 16, 1993: Work begins on the Danish landworks which comprise 9 km motorway and 18 km railway.
  • August 1995: Work on the coast-coast link begins with dredging operations in Øresund.
  • April 1, 1997: The first of the two foundations for the high bridge pylons are towed from Malmö to the bridge alignment and lowered into a 17 m deep trench excavated in the sea bed.
  • August 8, 1997: The first of the 20 tunnel elements are towed from the factory at Copenhagen’s North Harbour to Drogden where they are lowered into the dredged tunnel trench.
  • March 16, 1999: The tunnel is completed and the first vehicle drives through it.
  • August 14, 1999: As the final bridge section is placed in position, the link between Denmark and Sweden becomes a reality.
  • December 1, 1999: The final section of the railway between Copenhagen and Malmö is placed in position.
  • June 9 – 12, 2000: The Øresund Bridge opens to the public. Hundreds of thousands of people cycle, run or walk across the link during the special “Open Bridge” days.
  • July 1, 2000: Inauguration of the Øresund Bridge.
  • The Øresund Bridge won the 2002 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.
Overview of Öresund Bridge
Overview of Öresund Bridge

The main structure

The Øresund Bridge is an approximately 9.9 mi ( 16 km ) long road and rail link between Sweden and Denmark. It consists of three sections: a bridge, an artificial island and a tunnel.


大桥长4.9 mi ( 7.8 km ), and the Longest span is 1608 ft (490 m ).

The structure has a mass of 82,000 tonnes and supports two railway tracks beneath four road lanes in a horizontal girder extending along the entire length of the bridge. On both approaches to the three cable-stayed bridge sections, the girder is supported every 140 m (459 ft) by concrete piers.

The two pairs of free-standing cable-supporting towers are 204 m (669 ft) high allowing shipping 57 m (187 ft) of head room under the main span, but most ships’ captains prefer to pass through the unobstructed Drogden Strait above the Drogden Tunnel .  The cable-stayed main span is 491 m (1,611 ft) long.

The ship crosses the Öresund Bridge
The ship crosses the Öresund Bridge

Peberholm artificial island

The bridge joins Drogden tunnel on the artificial island of Peberholm (Pepper Islet).

The Danes chose the name to complement the natural island of Saltholm (Salt Islet) just to the north.

Peberholm is a designated nature reserve built from Swedish rock and the soil dredged up during the bridge and tunnel construction, approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) long with an average width of 500 m (1,640 ft). It is 20 m (66 ft) high.

Öresund Bridge
Öresund Bridge

Drogden Tunnel

The connection between Peberholm and the artificial peninsula at Kastrup on Amager island, the nearest populated part of Denmark, is through the 4,050-metre (13,287 ft) long Drogden Tunnel (Drogdentunnelen).

It comprises a 3,510-metre (11,516 ft) immersed tube plus 270-metre (886 ft) entry tunnels at each end.

Peberholm artificial island
Peberholm artificial island

Öresund Bridge Data

North Europe
In use
Official name
Øresundsbroen, Öresundsbron, Øresundbron
Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden
Hochtief, Skanska, Højgaard & Schultz and Monberg & Thorsen
Jorgen Nissen, Klaus Falbe Hansen, Niels Gimsing and Georg Rotne
Official website
19.6 billion DKK / 25.8 billion SEK ( US $3.1 billion )
Construction end
Jul-01, 2000
Total length
9.9 mi ( 16 km )
669 ft ( 204 m )
Bridge section length
4.9 mi ( 7.8 km )
77 ft ( 23.5 m )
Deck height
187 ft ( 57 m )
Longest span
1608 ft ( 490 m )
Design type
Cable-stayed bridge
DKK 390, SEK 460 or € 54
Øresund strait

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