As the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is home to 500.000 inhabitants and located on Sjælland, the part of Denmark in between the European continent and Sweden. Together with the Swedish city Malmö it forms the Öresund region linking together the two Scandinavian countries. Since the opening of the Öresund bridge in 2000, thousands of people commute between the two cities every day.
However, since the beginning of the year 2016 Malmö and Copenhagen literally moved away from each other when the Swedish government decided to reintroduce passport controls. The action, that was supposed to reduce the amount of refugees arriving in Sweden, resulted in delayed and cancelled trains and daily costs of around € 200.000.
Finally arrived in Copenhagen, I could enjoy the full spectrum of Danish weather, which in fact put the city in an interesting flair. Of course we visited the city’s emblem, the Little Mermaid, a 125 cm small bronze statue reminding of a poem by the Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen. Special in Copenhagen is also the quasi-autonomous freetown Christiania, an old factory site that has been self-proclaimed autonomous. Since 1989 there is in fact a law officially transferring some administration rights to the quarter’s inhabitants.
After drinking a coffee at the harbour esplanade Nyhavn, we went to eat in a Danish restaurant, where we enjoyed tasteful dishes, that included a lot of meat. Strengthened for the next day, I was prepared to continue to Malmö.