Famed for its extremely continental character and multicultural appeal, the Swedish city of Malmo cannot help but be influenced by Denmark’s nearby capital of Copenhagen, which lies across the water and is linked by the spectacular Oresund Bridge, Europe’s longest bridge combining both road and rail. The skyline of Malmo is particularly interesting and rather extraordinary, since the city seems to be filled with some rather unusual structures, such as the hard-to-miss Turning Torso tower, which twists its way high into the sky.
In 1991, the governments of Denmark and Sweden agreed to build a bridge to connect the two countries across the Oresund Strait. Denmark and Sweden were linked once more —7,000 years after rising sea levels accompanying the end of the Ice Age severed the dry-land connection between the two. On the Denmark side, the link begins with a 3,510-meter underwater tunnel. The tunnel emerges from the water onto a roadway on a 4,055-meter artificial island, Peberholm, which appears as a bright white shape to the south of the natural island in the scene. The cable-supported Oresund Bridge stretches 7,845 meters across the eastern part of the Strait toward Sweden.