Spotlight on Borders: Insights from the border between Sweden and Denmark

Reports & Briefings
Clare de Mowbray

Key points:

  • The Swedish-Danish border provides an example of cross-border mobility, trade and intergovernmental cooperation between two EU member states sharing cultural similarities but with separate currencies, neither of which is in a currency union.
  • Cross-border flows may not be equal - one side of the border can have a gravitational pull on the other. Over 90% of cross border commuters travel from Sweden to Denmark.
  • As in other European border regions, EU regulations provide a framework to promote cross-border mobility, but as regulations are implemented within distinctive national systems, differing entitlements and barriers to mobility may remain.