Øresund Bridge 2000

Øresund Bridge 2000

© Daniel Karlsson

© Norbert Pietsch

Øresund Bridge

Linking Sweden and Denmark

Key Facts

Motorway and railway bridge

Part of a 16km crossing via the bridge, artificial island and tunnel


Malmo (Sweden) to Copenhagen (Denmark)

Across the Øresund Strait

Designers and Consulting Engineers

Ove Arup & Partners


Gimsing & Madsen

ISC Consulting Engineers

Setec TPI


Cable-stayed bridge with harp system

490m longest span

7,845m total length

Main contractors

A joint venture of HOCHTIEF, Højgaard & Schultz, Monberg & Thorsen, and Skanska


Began in 1995

Opened 1 July 2000

The Bridge

The Øresund Bridge links Malmö in Sweden with Copenhagen in Denmark, across the Øresund strait. It is an 8km railway and four-lane motorway bridge from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm. The bridge is mostly a viaduct with concrete piers every 140m, but it has a 490m cable-stayed main span towards the centre. Trains run on the lower deck and vehicles on the upper deck.

A 4-kilometre immersed tube tunnel runs from Peberholm to Amager, Denmark to complete the crossing. The tunnel is constructed from 20 prefabricated reinforced concrete segments placed in a trench dug in the seabed.

The bridge has significantly increased travel across the Øresund, cut journey times and links the road and rail networks of the Scandinavian Peninsula with those of Western Europe.

Other long-span bridges