How you can run from Denmark to Sweden in 2025

A half-marathon is to take place across the Öresund Bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden in 2025, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the bridge’s opening.

How you can run from Denmark to Sweden in 2025
Thousands of people will run across the Öresund Bridge in June 2025. Photo: Sparta

The 21.1-kilometre Bridge Run 2025 will be held on June 15th, 2025 with 40,000 race bibs available to participants, organisers in Denmark and Sweden announced in a press statement on Thursday. All runners are welcome with no specific requirements for entry.

Bridge operator Øresundsbron is working with race organisers MAI (Malmö Allmänna Idrottsförening) in Malmö and Sparta Athletics & Running in Copenhagen to plan the unique event in which runners will cross an international border.

“The bridge brings us together. With a bridge run that gathers 40,000 runners on the bridge, we are promoting togetherness in the region even more. The Bridge Run is a perfect way to celebrate 25 years together with a people’s party all the way from Denmark to Sweden via the bridge,” Øresundsbron CEO Linus Eriksson said in the statement.

The route for the half marathon will begin in Copenhagen suburb Tårnby, which is located on the island of Amager close to the Öresund Bridge entrance. It will cover the full 16 kilometres of the tunnel and bridge sections of the crossing and finish in Swedish city Malmö.

The event will take place “with accessibility for Öresund Bridge customers”, Sparta said in the press statement.

“It means a lot to us that we once again can hold a major running event across the Öresund in partnership with our Swedish colleagues a MAI athletic club in Malmö,” Sparta CEO Dorthe Vibjerg said.

A running race was held more regularly on the bridge in its early years, but no event has taken place on the crossing since 2010.

While Denmark recently announced it was scrapping border controls on the bridge, Swedish authorities still carry out spot checks on the road and rail crossing. No mention is made in the announcement of the potential need for runners to carry their passports in 2025.

“MAI thanks Øresundsbron for its confidence in us. We are very happy and proud that we, together with Sparta, can again bid thousands of runners welcome in June 2025,” MAI’s chairperson Mats Svensson said.

Registration for the event will open in January 2024. You can sign up for more information via email and get notified when registration opens here.

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Copenhagen police extend stop-and-search zones amid ongoing gang conflict

The stop-and- search zones put in place in Christania and parts of Nørrebro and Nordvest in Copenhagen have been extended, Copenhagen Police said on Monday.

Copenhagen police extend stop-and-search zones amid ongoing gang conflict

The stop-and-search ordinance has been extended in an effort to prevent further incidents in an ongoing conflict between the Hells Angels and Loyal to Familia crime gangs, police said in a press statement.

The ordinances will now be in place until at least 6pm on October 9th.

Additionally, a ban on the use of three Hells Angels clubhouses in the Copenhagen area has been extended. Police previously justified their closure by saying it prevents them from becoming a target for gang reprisals.

Since the zones were first put in place, police have searched around 650 persons and have found or confiscated 28 knives or other sharp weapons, issuing 20 charges related to illegal possession of weapons.

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The zones, which allow police to search individuals for weapons without any prior justification, are occasionally used in response to escalating gang violence.

An ongoing conflict between the gangs was connected to the fatal shooting last month of a 30-year-old gang member in Christiania.

“Members of the public in the affected areas and in the rest of the district should feel safe and secure. That is why we are continuing our efforts,” senior officer Søren Tomassen of Copenhagen Police said in the statement.

“With three closed clubhoiuses and two stop-and-search zones – where we are very visibly present – we are putting a marked pressure on the involved groups, because we eill not accept the violent incidents emanating from these circles,” he said.

The zones have been in place since August 28th and had been set to expire on September 26th.