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What is the Øresund Region?

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

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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.

Political co-operation

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!

Facts

Geography:
The Øresund Region includes the Danish islands Zealand, Lolland-Falster, Møn and Bornholm and the Swedish region Skåne.

Area:
21 203 square kilometres

Population:
Total: about 3 732 000 inhabitants
Danes: about 2 501 000
Swedes: about 1 231 000
(January 2010)

 

Øresund Trends

Find facts and statistics about the Øresund Region in the fact collection Øresund Trends 2010, published by the Öresund Committee.

The Öresund Committee

The Öresund Committee is the platform for regional political collaboration in the Oresund Region.

The Øresund Bridge

The home page of the Øresund Bridge contains information about traffic and prices for crossing the bridge, as well as useful facts and statistics about the Region.

Regional Authorities

The Regional authorities in the Oresund Region are: Region Skåne on the Swedish side, and Region Hovedstaden (Capital Region) and Region Sjælland on the Danish side of the Oresund strait.