Denmark open to Malmö metro link if Sweden foots the bill

Politicians in Denmark are in favour of a new metro line linking Danish capital Copenhagen and southern Swedish city Malmö - if Sweden agrees to pay for it.

Denmark open to Malmö metro link if Sweden foots the bill
The existing Öresund bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen. Photo: Becky Waterton

In February this year, Danish politicians approved the route of the new M5 metro line, choosing the route which crosses the island of Amager which would make a metro line between Copenhagen and Malmö logistically possible.

Politicians on both side of the Öresund are in favour of the idea, with Copenhagen city mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen describing a Malmö metro as a “gamechanger” in comments to Denmark’s Politiken newspaper.

Malmö’s mayor, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, is also in favour of a new metro line between Malmö and Copenhagen, which would halve the 40 minute travel time between the two cities and lessen the strain on the existing train route over the Öresund bridge.

Stjernfeldt Jammeh believes that it may be possible to finance the build with assistance from the EU, as well as income from ticket sales on trains across the Öresund bridge.

Despite this, the final bill would most likely rack up to billions of Danish kroner. 

Denmark is already building a new train tunnel to Fehmarn in Germany, which will further increase the number of freight trains crossing the Öresund bridge when it is completed in around six years’ time.

However, with Denmark fully financing the Fehmarn tunnel at a cost of 35 billion Danish kroner, the interest for Danish politicians in taking on another expensive international infrastructure project is low – unless Sweden agrees to pay.

“If the Swedish state wants to pay for the Öresund metro to be built, we could get going more quickly without having to compromise on the other metro lines we’d like to develop in Copenhagen,” Hæstorp Andersen told Politiken.

The final decision will be up to negotiation by the Danish and Swedish governments, although Danish transport minister Thomas Danielsen told Politiken that a metro to Malmö is not a particularly high priority.

“It would most likely be a large, expensive project and our focus for the moment is to establish a metro in southern Copenhagen as well as a metro line to Lynetteholm, which are both already large projects.”

Michael Vindfelt, the mayor of Frederiksberg – which lies within Copenhagen but is its own municipality – agrees, telling Politiken that it is an “even better idea” to expand the Copenhagen metro to other areas of the Danish capital first.

“There’s already enough to be getting on with,” he said.

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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

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.