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Strong Economy Boost for Expensive Bridge

Published onsdag 31 maj 2006 kl 11.42
Öresund Bridge Linking Malmö with Copenhagen

The Swedish Labor Market Board says booming economies in both Denmark and Sweden means more demand for workers in the southern Swedish province of Skåne, as well as a big increase in commuting over the Öresund bridge.

Critics have charged that high tolls have defeated the purpose of bridge, fostering a common region embracing the Danish island of Zealand and southern Sweden. But higher salaries in Denmark are luring Swedes to work on that side, while lower housing prices in Sweden are attracting Danes.

The number of commuters over the bridge increased by 45 percent during the first quarter, compared to the same period last year. But despite the bonus, the bridge is still showing a loss.

An ordinary roundtrip costs 64 euros, more than 80 dollars.

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