The Oresund Region consists of Southern Sweden and Eastern
Denmark. It is one of the most dynamic Regions in Europe - the area
generates a quarter of the combined GDP of Sweden and Denmark. The
two sides of the Region are connected by a fixed link between
Copenhagen and Malmö, the Oresund Bridge, and also by ferries
sailing the route between Helsingborg and Elsinore.
As the importance of national borders continues to decline in
the new borderless
Europe, the Oresund Region is an example of an international
region that reflects the modern age: two countries complementing
one another in a region without frontiers.
Highly educated population
In the Oresund Region, businesses are spoilt for choice. The
region is home to the largest concentration of highly educated
people in Northern Europe. It is liberally sprinkled with
world-class innovative environments and boasts a well-developed
working relationship between industry, higher education
establishments and the authorities.
Accessibility and good infrastructure
With a centrally placed international airport, the Oresund
Region is easily accessible from all parts of the globe.
Copenhagen airport, Kastrup, is the largest international
airport in Northern Europe and operates direct flights to more than
120 destinations. Within the Oresund Region itself, journey times
are short thanks to an excellent public transport network, as well
as extensive investments in good infrastructure.
Throughout history, there have been strong trade links between
Eastern Denmark and Southern Sweden. So, whereas the expression
"the Oresund Region" was not firmly established until the fixed
link between Denmark and Sweden became a reality in 2000, the idea
of a common region is much older.
The Oresund Region comprises two nations, and therefore has no
common governing body. However, the national governments co-operate
on several levels to make the Oresund Region politically accessible
to its inhabitants. Perhaps the best example of this is The Oresund
Committee, a regional forum for political co-operation which
consists of politicians from both countries and has been hard at
work eliminating national administrative boundaries since 1993.
Thriving cities and relaxing countryside
The Oresund Region features a unique blend of proximity to both
big city environments - with their vibrant, cultural diversity -
and relaxing countryside with beaches, forests, mountains and open
landscapes. The region is surrounded by the sea and bordered by
wonderful sandy beaches, with sweetly scented beech forests and
open landscapes right nearby. It also enjoys a temperate climate,
allowing its golf courses to remain open all year round - an
attraction that no other area of Northern Europe can match.
The standard of living in the Oresund Region is high, and the
welfare system is very well developed. A combination that makes the
region an attractive location for businesses, employees, tourists
and students alike!