Denmark and Norway exclude Sweden from tourism


Norway and Denmark say they will open up tourism between their two countries from 15 June but will maintain restrictions for Swedes. Sweden did not impose a lockdown, unlike its Nordic neighbours, and its Covid-19 death toll – above 4,000 – is by far the highest in Scandinavia.

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen said Denmark and Sweden were in different places regarding the pandemic. Denmark is also opening up tourism with Germany and Iceland, within limits. Tourists from those countries cannot stay the night in Copenhagen, which has the most coronavirus cases. Danes can travel to those two countries too, without having to go into quarantine on their return. The announcement dashes the hopes of Danes hoping to travel to Southern Europe for their holidays and Denmark’s foreign minister said they should avoid big cities and stick to the countryside. At a joint video news conference, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said “we can’t open too suddenly, that would jeopardise everything we’ve accomplished”.(BBC)…[+]