If you live in northern Germany
Reach your destination fasterThe Fehmarnbelt tunnel will create a faster and more flexible link between northern Germany and the whole of Scandinavia. It will provide the German population with new opportunities for experiencing and capitalising on the benefits available in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia.
By taking the train, passengers will be able to travel from Hamburg and Lübeck to Copenhagen in just two and a half hours – a clear time saving on the current four and half hours. Car and freight traffic between Schleswig-Holstein and Sweden will be saved a 160 km detour through Jutland. Among other things, it will be easier to study and work in Denmark and visit some of the many tourist attractions that the Nordic area offers.
Closer togetherSchleswig-Holstein and Hamburg will be directly connected to Zealand and Copenhagen. Schleswig-Holstein and Region Zealand have agreed on a comprehensive action plan (in German) for regional co-operation. As a result of the opening of the Øresund Bridge 15 years ago and the upcoming Fehmarnbelt tunnel, southern Sweden will be brought closer to northern Germany.
Larger export marketThe Fehmarnbelt tunnel will mean shorter transport times, lower costs and greater capacity, which will increase export opportunities for German companies. For new and estabished companies that are particularly active in the Scandinavian market, East Holstein and Fehmarn will be attractive places to put down roots.
More touristsThe faster link means that owners of holiday homes, hotels and inns in northern Germany can now start preparing for more Scandinavian tourists. It will be more attractive to holiday in Scandinavia and easier to use Copenhagen Airport as an international hub.
Jobs during the construction and operational phasesDuring the construction phase, craftspeople and engineers will have access to the many new jobs that the construction of the tunnel will bring about. Sub-contractors from northern Germany will be able to gain employment from the main contractors. When the construction is complete, approximately 300 jobs concerned with the operation and maintenance of the tunnel will become available.
More opportunities for work and educationThe tunnel will make it easier to live in northern Germany and work or study in Denmark.
North German rail and road links to the Fehmarnbelt tunnel will be improved significantly. The expansion and electrification of the rail section will benefit the environment and the new routes between the two financial centres, Hamburg and Lübeck, will mean shorter travelling time for the commuters of northern Germany.