The Öresund Region

The vision for the Öresund region is to become one of Europe’s most attractive and competitive regions. Setting up operations in the region lets you leverage the strong and diverse economy in one of the world’s most innovative cross-border regions. It also means rapid access to large and expanding markets: 25 million consumers in Scandinavia and about 100 million in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region.

  • The Öresund Region comprises two nations – Sweden and Denmark – and therefore has no common governing body. However, the national governments co-operate on several levels to make the Öresund Region politically accessible to its population.
  • 4.0 million people live in the Öresund region, which includes Skåne on the Swedish side and Zealand, Lolland-Falster, Møn and Bornholm on the Danish side. The region represents 26% of the countries’ total GNP. The population of the region is expected to rise to 7 million by 2020.
  • Since the Öresund Bridge opened in July 2000, integration in the region has become even more comprehensive. Malmö has strengthened its role as the centre of Skåne and Southern Sweden. Since 2004, around 30 companies have moved their headquarters to the city, which has generated around 2,300 jobs.
  • Sweden’s market size is greater than Denmark’s and, viewed over a longer period, Sweden has grown more rapidly than Denmark. The potential GNP growth for 2016-2025 is estimated by the OECD to be 1.2 percent in Denmark and 2.0 percent in Sweden.