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Cross-border co-operation

The Fehmarnbelt tunnel is an important part of the European transport network. Along with the Øresund fixed link between Copenhagen and Malmö, the Fehmarnbelt link will bring Scandinavia and Central Europe closer together via the so-called North-South corridor.

Europe connected

The traffic corridors that bind Europe together still contain bottlenecks and expansion of the infrastructure across land borders is still required. This is precisely where the Fehmarnbelt tunnel will make a difference. It will close a gap in the European transport network and remove a bottleneck between northern and southern Europe. This is the reason why the Fehmarnbelt tunnel is a European project, which is receiving financial support from the EU. 
Read more about the EU’s support for infrastructure here.

The tunnel will mean that the population of the Fehmarnbelt region will gain a new, strong link, which will stimulate growth and prosperity. Nine million people currently live in the region, which extends between the cities of Hamburg, Kiel, Lübeck, Copenhagen and Malmö.

A region grows together

The Fehmarnbelt tunnel will bring together the region’s strengths in all areas:

  • Tourism organisations in Denmark and Germany are working on positioning the region internationally as a joint “destination Fehmarnbelt” in order to attract more visitors.  
  • Handwerkskammer Lübeck (Chamber of Skilled Crafts) is collaborating with the Danish business high school, CELF, on Danish and German student exchange programmes. 
  • Within the research area, the BeltScience project provides a platform for cross-border university education between the universities of Lübeck and Roskilde. 
  • In the health area, collaboration between the University Hospital in Lübeck and Næstved Hospital has enabled research into alternative types of cancer treatment.  

Closer collaboration thus provides significant growth opportunities throughout the Fehmarnbelt region - from Lolland and East Holstein to Hamburg and Copenhagen. The Fehmarnbelt will reduce transport time and make travelling easier, which will provide unique opportunities for living, studying and working in one and the same region. 

See this video about other cross-border projects (in danish)