With more than 18 km, the Femern Belt tunnel, linking Germany to Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia, will become the world's longest underwater tunnel. The Oresund Region has been selected for its efforts to create an infrastructure that promotes a fluent flow of public transportation in the entire region across borders.
The “Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition” celebrates 100 innovative and inspiring examples of urban infrastructure projects that are changing cities around the world. The projects showcased in the publication are selected by industry experts from five regions of the world, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. These independent judging panels assessed hundreds of projects based on their feasibility, social impact, technical or financial complexity, innovation and impact on society, and selected the 100 of the most inspirational projects globally.
Project Manager Dinna Aamund Hansen from Invest in Denmark says:
- "I am pleased to see that the Danish efforts are recognized by KPMG’s Infrastructure 100 report. Denmark already offers a very well-developed infrastructure and invested large amounts in bridges and tunnels to connect Denmark to Europe and Scandinavia by road and public transportation. With the projected Femern Belt tunnel, the access to Eastern Denmark and the Danish capital Copenhagen will be even further improved.”
Director of KPMG, Torben Hartz explains in a Danish press release:
- "With half the world's population resided in cities, the need for innovative and visionary infrastructure projects is bigger than ever, which KPMG’s report highlights. The continual growth in the world’s cities calls for billion-investments in the coming years."
With shared strategy and planning across borders, Copenhagen and Malmö have managed to position the region as a significant player on a European level and as an example to follow, Playing an increasing role for individual national economies, cities are also key players in creating sustainable infrastructure solutions that develop and benefit the economy, population and environment, he points out.
- "It is gratifying that two Danish projects have been listed among the best in the world as it will promote Denmark as a pioneer in the field. The innovative infrastructure projects may also assist in attracting investments to the two regions and to Denmark in general," says Torben Hartz.