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Denmark top destination for Swedish tourists

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Denmark top destination for Swedish tourists
15:53 CEST+02:00
The most popular destination for Swedish tourists is not Thailand or London but close neighbour Denmark according to a new survey.

According to the survey, which was conducted by travel consulting company Resurs, Swedes love nothing more than a trip to the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Travelling to Denmark has been made considerably easier with the opening of the Öresund Bridge which links the two countries. Since the bridge swung open in 2000 thousands cross the bridge daily often to buy alcohol as the Systembolaget does not exist in Denmark.

"Interest in going over the bridge in our spare time has increased quicker than we dared hope," said Fredrik Jenfjord, sales manager of the Öresund bridge to the TT news agency.

The survey revealed that Swedes made an estimated 150,000 trips outside Swedish shores this summer which is an increase of 2.4 percent. In June, July and August some 6.3 million trips were made.

Along with Copenhagen, other popular cities for travel-hungry Swedes are the Swedish speaking Mariehamn territory in Åland in Finland, followed by London.

Indeed, the Nordic nations dominated the top of the most-visited list when ranked by country, with only Spain sneaking in toward the top of the list.

Turkey was the only country apart from the Nordic nations to have two locations featuring on the list. The warmer climes of Alanya and Side remain popular with Swedish tourists.

"We don't travel so far away," said Hans Remvig of Resurs, which own and run the Swedish travel and tourist database. Resurs has been conducting these type of surveys since 1989 where they interview 2,000 Swedish citizens each month about their travel habits.

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