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The narrow strait between Sweden and Denmark is known as "Φresund" - or in English just "The Sound". This is one of the most busy sailing lanes in the world and thus the traffic is strictly regulated, with the Swedish island of Ven serving as a gigantic traffic island with northbound traffic to the east and southbound traffic to the west.

Further south the southbound traffic is able to proceed via one of two dredged channels on either side of the very shallow Danish island of Saltholm. The one on the Danish side is Drogden [the Drogd channel] and the one on the Swedish side is Flintrδnnan [the Flint Channel].

Across these two channels the Ψresund Link - which opened in July 2000 – is connecting the Swedish province of Skεne [Scania] with the Danish island of Sjδlland [Zealand]. This link consists of three parts: a bridge, a man-made island and a tunnel.

The bridge crossing the Flintrδnnan navigation channel is a cable-stayed bridge, supported by four pylon legs. The span is suspended by 80 cable pairs which are attached to the pylon legs at 12m intervals. The high bridge is 1092m long, with a main span of 490m and a navigation clearance of 55m.

The man-made island is used to transfer the bridge into a tunnel and also to transfer the railroad from below the motorway to the side of it. In reality this means there are four separate tunnels (2x railroad and 2x motorway) under the Drogden navigation channel.

The reason for crossing this channel with a tunnel instead of a bridge is the vicinity to Copenhagen Airport [Kastrup Lufthavn]. The final approach to runway 22L is passing overhead the western entrance to the tunnel at low altitude, thus making a high bridge impossible. Although a tunnel was much more complicated and expensive to build, the airport gave no alternatives.

The plan to relocate the airport to Saltholm was banned in 1983!

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Shot with full (10x) zoom from the West Harbor in Malmφ.
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