We visited five ‘murder spots’ in Malmö

Don't worry, we're talking fiction. But the crime scenes from The Bridge are no less thrilling for that!

We visited five 'murder spots' in Malmö
The Öresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen. Photo: Pixabay

Over the course of nearly four seasons, ‘The Bridge’ (or Bron in Swedish) has firmly put Sweden, and Malmö in particular, on the map. The Swedish/Danish crime drama has captivated audiences all around the world with its blend of Nordic noir, quirky characters and gripping storylines.

The show has been a shot in the arm (rather than the head) for local tourism with fans flocking to see many of the landmarks featured in the programme.

“About 80 percent of the locations from The Bridge are to be found in Malmö, although when you watch the series you get the impression it’s 50-50.  But for economic reasons, for money and time, production is largely in Malmö even for the scenes representing Copenhagen. They have their headquarters here so it’s easier,” Eva Roos Davidsson, who runs The Bridge Tour in Malmö, told The Local.

As the fourth (and final) season draws to a close, The Local paid a visit to five of the murder spots in Malmö, which have featured in the show since it first hit our screens in 2011.

The Öresund Bridge

Photo: Martin Höst/Flickr

On screen:An obvious place to start and the location of the first murder in the series. The show begins with a corpse discovered at the border of the bridge, which links Sweden and Denmark, and the first encounter of the show’s main protagonists: Swedish cop Saga Norén and her Danish counterpart Martin Rohde. Turns out the grim discovery is actually two bodies: half a Swedish politician and half a Danish prostitute. And so it all begins. The Öresund Bridge also crops up in the last episode of the first series when Rohde has a showdown with his nemesis; the so-called ‘Truth Terrorist.’

In real life: Thousands of people cross the bridge every day to commute to work in both countries – or to get to Malmö from Copenhagen Airport. Attempting to visit the actual location (and get a selfie) featured in the series is a tall order as the bridge is for vehicles and trains only. Despite regular warnings from the police, there have been numerous arrests over the years of people trying to cross the bridge by foot. Not recommended!

Korpens parkeringshus, Norra Skolgatan 23

Photo: The Local

On screen: In season one vulnerable young girl Anja Björk goes out for a walk on a dark Malmö night. Naturally, with this being The Bridge, she can’t be just heading out for a falafel and instead winds up being shot in an underground carpark. She survives, only to die in hospital after the strain of sketching her killer proves all too much.

In real life: The carpark location is more accustomed to witnessing deliveries for a well-known supermarket, prompting late-night shopping rather than shooting sprees. Directly opposite the carpark is a primary school and a busy bike lane. Just around the corner is the bustling street (Friisgatan) where you can find all manner of delights including a comic book store, tattoo parlour, surf shop, indie clothes stores and plenty of places to enjoy some Swedish fika. The police station, which features in the show, is only spitting distance away too. Speaking of which…

Möllevångsgatan 42

Photo: The Local

On screen: One of the more brutal murders of the first series takes place in the hipster location of Möllan. Social worker Stefan Lindberg, who sports a terrific 70s style moustache, savagely beats to death another man in his apartment with a steam iron, which he has just used to iron his shirt. Classy.

In real life: Bridge spotters will have a whale of a time at this location. The facade of the police station, used in the first season, is directly opposite the murder location. In real life, it is a health care centre. Just around the corner is the facade of the police station used in the second and third seasons – in reality, it is home to numerous offices including a yoga studio and a jobseekers centre. The street (Barkgatan) is also where Saga regularly screams to a halt in her distinctive green Porsche, which nowadays can be found on display in the Malmö Technical Museum (presently on loan for shooting of the new series).

Malmö Stadium

Photo: The Local

On screen: Another gem of a scene takes place within the spooky confines of the old Malmö football stadium. Gang member Julian attempts to meet up with the aptly named ‘mother of three’ and asks his sister (Laura) to come along and film the whole encounter, which takes place at night. Thing is, Laura fails to record the meeting and instead can only see her brother’s dead body before trying to make a break for it herself across the roof of the stadium, with the killer in tow.

In real life: Malmö Stadium was built for the 1958 World Cup and was the home of the local football team (Malmö FF) until 2009. Nowadays it is a throwback to a bygone age with its rusty turnstiles and paint flaking off the terraces. Malmö FF’s funky new home is adjacent to the old ground. It has been mooted that Malmö Stadium may soon be demolished so catch it while you can.

Old cement factory in Limhamn

Photo: Karl Isakson for The Local

On screen: In the second season this is the place where four of the bizarrely named ‘eco-terrorists’ are discovered dead in a container. The quartet were apparently poisoned and then ditched in the remote location. Incidentally, the cement factory crops up again in a later episode when it is being evacuated.

In real life: Precious little remains of the old cement factory, most of which was knocked down shortly after filming took place. One large tower is still standing tall and there are a handful of partially demolished smaller towers. The location is now a large scale construction site of high-end apartments; yours to own in 2017. Once built the apartments will offer fine views of a Malmö landmark; the Öresund Bridge.

Bonus locations

No murders took place here – but they’re still great Malmö hotspots featured in The Bridge! So if the mood should strike you, head on down to…

Ribersborgs Kallbadhus

Photo: Susanne Nilsson/Flickr

A must do for any visit to Malmö is to go for a walk along the beach and visit the cold bath house, which is more fun than it sounds. The bathing house, with the distinctive long boardwalk, is featured in the first series when Saga and Martin go to interview a waitress who works there. It’s not a place to be shy as it is recommended to leave all your clothes in the dressing room when you enter the sauna!

Jalla Jalla

Photo: Jalla Jalla

Malmö’s best-known falafel restaurant is located on Bergsgatan, which is only a short walk from the police station featured in the show. It crops up in series two when Saga’s boyfriend calls her from Jalla Jalla to end their relationship. She memorably asks if they can continue having sex!

Anna Lindhs plats

Photo: Maria Eklind/Flickr 

The busy thoroughfare, named after the late Swedish politician, is where the newsroom in the first series is located, in a top-floor office. It leads to Malmö Central Station, which also features on several occasions throughout the series.

This article was produced by The Local and sponsored by Malmö Tourism.


‘Painful’ – is Paris Charles de Gaulle airport really that bad?

Following a survey that said Paris Charles de Gaulle airport was the best in Europe, we asked Local readers what they thought...

'Painful' - is Paris Charles de Gaulle airport really that bad?

Recently, Paris Charles de Gaulle was voted the best airport in Europe by passengers.

The 2022 World Airport Awards, based on customer satisfaction surveys between September 2021 and May 2022, listed the best airport on the planet as Doha, while Paris’s main airport came in at number 6 – the highest entry for a European airport – one place above Munich. 

READ ALSO Paris Charles de Gaulle voted best airport in Europe by passengers

Given CDG’s long-standing reputation doesn’t quite match what the World Airport Awards survey said – in 2009 it was rated the second-worst airport in the world, while in 2011 US site CNN judged it “the most hated airport in the world” – we wondered how accurate the survey could be.

So we asked readers of The Local for their opinion on their experience of Europe’s ‘best’ airport. 

Contrary to the World Airport Awards study, users erred towards the negative about the airport. A total 30.8 percent of Local readers – who had travelled through the airport in recent months – thought it was ‘terrible’, while another 33.3 percent agreed that it was ‘not great’ and had ‘some problems’.

But in total 12.8 percent of those who responded to our survey thought the airport was ‘brilliant’, and another 23.1 percent thought it ‘fine’, with ‘no major problems’.

So what are the problems with it?


One respondent asked a simple – and obvious – question: “Why are there so many terminal twos?”

Barney Lehrer added: “They should change the terminal number system.”

In fact, signage and directions – not to mention the sheer size of the place – were common complaints, as were onward travel options. 

Christine Charaudeau told us: “The signage is terrible. I’ve often followed signs that led to nowhere. Thankfully, I speak French and am familiar with the airport but for first time travellers … yikes!”

Edwin Walley added that it was, “impossible to get from point A to point B,”  as he described the logistics at the airport as the “worst in the world”.

And James Patterson had a piece of advice taken from another airport. “The signage could be better – they could take a cue from Heathrow in that regard.”

Anthony Schofield said: “Arriving by car/taxi is painful due to congestion and the walk from the skytrain to baggage claim seems interminable.”

Border control

Border control, too, was a cause for complaint. “The wait at the frontière is shameful,” Linda, who preferred to use just her first name, told us. “I waited one and a half hours standing, with a lot of old people.”

Sharon Dubble agreed. She wrote: “The wait time to navigate passport control and customs is abysmal!”

Deborah Mur, too, bemoaned the issue of, “the long, long wait to pass border control in Terminal E, especially at 6am after an overnight flight.”

Beth Van Hulst, meanwhile, pulled no punches with her estimation of border staff and the airport in general. “[It] takes forever to go through immigration, and staff deserve their grumpy reputation. Also, queuing is very unclear and people get blocked because the airport layout is not well designed.”

Jeff VanderWolk highlighted the, “inadequate staffing of immigration counters and security checkpoints”, while Karel Prinsloo had no time for the brusque attitudes among security and border personnel. “Officers at customs are so rude. I once confronted the commander about their terrible behaviour.  His response said it all: ‘We are not here to be nice’. Also the security personnel.”


One of the most-complained-about aspects is one that is not actually within the airport’s control – public transport connections.  

Mahesh Chaturvedula was just one of those to wonder about integrated travel systems in France, noting problems with the reliability of onward RER rail services, and access to the RER network from the terminal.

The airport is connected to the city via RER B, one of the capital’s notoriously slow and crowded suburban trains. Although there are plans to create a new high-speed service to the airport, this now won’t begin until after the 2024 Olympics.

Sekhar also called for, “more frequent trains from SNCF to different cities across France with respect to the international flight schedules.”

The good news

But it wasn’t all bad news for the airport, 35 percent of survey respondents said the airport had more positives than negatives, while a Twitter poll of local readers came out in favour of Charles de Gaulle.

Conceding that the airport is “too spread out”, Jim Lockard said it, “generally operates well; [and has] decent amenities for food and shopping”.

Declan Murphy was one of a number of respondents to praise the, “good services and hotels in terminals”, while Dean Millar – who last passed through Charles de Gaulle in October – said the, “signage is very good. [It is] easy to find my way around”.

He added: “Considering the size (very large) [of the airport] it is very well done.  So no complaints at all.”