The Danish and German tourism sectors are expected to reap the highest rewards according to survey participants, with especially Danes being positive: 64 percent of respondents from the Danish regions of Zealand and the Capital Region believe that tourism in Denmark will benefit from the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, with only 6 percent disagreeing.
Respondents from Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein and the western part of Sweden are also positive, with 55 percent and 45 percent respectively agreeing that the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will benefit local tourism.
For Schleswig-Holstein alone, a full 57 percent agree that the Fixed Link will benefit tourism in Germany. Moreover, while all respondents foresee the least impact on tourism in Norway, a far greater number of Norwegians in the survey think the Fixed Link will have a positive effect than not (27 percent vs. 8 percent).
The figures are consistent with similar surveys conducted in 2017 and 2016.
Source: YouGov on-line (CAWI) survey conducted in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Zealand (incl. Copenhagen) in Denmark, Region Skåne, Halland and Västra Götaland in Sweden and Østfold and Akershus Fylker in Norway. Data was collected in the period April 23rd - May 1st 2018. The respondents were aged 18+.
Expected rise in intra-regional
travel and tourism
About one in eight of survey participants think that they themselves will travel more to Germany or Scandinavia on short holiday trips as a direct consequence of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel (Danes 14 percent; Swedes 11 percent; Germans 11 percent; Norwegians 15 percent). This may well boost small-scale cross-border trade as well, as similar numbers, especially for Danes, Swedes and Norwegians, state that they expect to do more business and shopping when the Fixed Link opens.
Jacob Vestergaard, Managing Director of STRING says:
"The Fehmarn Tunnel will not only be a vital commercial route but also a way of linking the people in the different parts of the greater region closer together. Experiences from other cross-border infrastructure projects such as the Øresund Bridge show that once you have the option, more people will travel back and forth, contributing to a higher overall integration."
About the survey:
The survey was conducted in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Zealand including Copenhagen in Denmark, Region Skåne, Halland and Västra Götaland in Sweden and Østfold and Akershus Counties in Norway. Data was collected in the period April 23rd - May 1st 2018. The respondents were aged 18+. All interviews were collected on-line (CAWI) and the results have been weighed against the total population in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway and are as such representative for the mentioned regions.