The Oresend Bridge was opened on 1st July, 2000. The bridge links Denmark and Sweden together for the first time since the Ice Age. The new road and rail project covers 10.5 miles (17km) between Malmo and Copenhagen and now physically links together Sweden and the rest of Western Europe.

The Oresend Bridge took four years and cost £3.3 billion to build. The bridge at 1,624 metres metres, is the second longest suspension bridge in the world. The main bridge pylons are the tallest structures in Sweden, with a height of 203.5 metres. The Oresend Link passes over the artificial island of Pepparholm and through the world’s longest submerged tunnel beneath the Danish section of the sound.


Designed by George Rothne, the bridge has no cross-beams between the pylon towers. Rothne explained: “I don’t like too much flamboyance. And I wanted the bridge to be, if not S-shaped, then curved, and for the girders to be black. Bright colours would have faded away; but black is versatile and can serve as a variety of colours, depending on the light and from where you view the bridge.”

This bridge is half under the water, for ships to pass and then again, it comes out on the other side. Truly a marvelous piece of engineering!

Perhaps Malaysia government can think of this solution when building bridge linking to Singapore