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The Öresund Bridge between Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmö (Sweden) – Photo dpa

Malmö a gateway to the continent of Europe

Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, is an old shipbuilding and industrial center which has undergone a metamorphosis in recent years, since being linked to the Danish capital of Copenhagen by the spectacular Öresund Bridge.

Now the two cities are just 25 minutes apart, and the daily interaction between them is intense. Malmö has built an international reputation for being creative, progressive and environmentally aware, with international awards such as Eco City and Fair Trade City.

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Turning Torso is the tallest skyscraper in Sweden and the Nordic countries, situated in Malmö, Sweden

For centuries Malmö was part of Denmark, and on a walk around its cozy center you can clearly see a continental style of architecture that differs from the more northerly Swedish cities. The area around the medieval square Lilla Torg and the majestic Stora Torget is home to a diverse range of attractive restaurants, bars and cafés, fashion and design shops, museums and galleries.

A five-minute walk takes you to the growing new neighborhood of Västra hamnen, with the Turning Torso skyscraper, a modern, exciting meeting place for people from the entire region, with celebrated restaurants, bars, clubs and shops. Malmö is known internationally as a center for art, and is where Stockholm’s Moderna Museet opened it’s powerful southern subsidiary in 2009. Malmö Konsthall is an unusually beautiful venue and the city has a number of interesting galleries. There’s also a vibrant music scene, with a range of dynamic venues for classical, rock, jazz and all types of club music, such as Debaser Malmö and Kulturbolaget.

Malmö’s restaurant scene has evolved massively in the past decade. In and around the city center there is now a large number of top-notch restaurants and culinary destinations, many specializing in cuisine based on fine local and seasonal ingredients. The streets around Möllevången in central Malmö offer a selection of ethnic foods virtually unparalleled in northern Europe.

During the warmer months, life in Malmö is influenced by its seaside location and the long Ribersborg Beach next to the city center. From Malmö you’re just 30 minutes by car from a number of attractive, historically interesting destinations, picturesque towns, villages and manor houses in the fertile, undulating Skåne countryside – see viedo above.

 

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