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Twin town— Global

Preface

Despite historical differences Denmark’s capital and Sweden’s third city are looking ahead to a future together. And they’re not alone. New twin city relations are flourishing elsewhere too.

Copenhagen, Malmo, infrastructure, synchronisation, Øresund Region

In 1658 King Frederik III of Denmark signed the Treaty of Roskilde, handing over the city of Malmö to his nemesis, King Karl X Gustav of Sweden. But, it seems, no one has told the people of Malmö and Copenhagen. Today, many think of Sweden’s third-largest city as a suburb of the Danish capital.

Malmö’s nickname, “København M”, says it all: the two cities now form a single conurbation, combining the low cost of living and relaxed atmosphere of the Swedish city with the higher salaries and employment opportunities of Denmark’s capital. “The citizens…

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