If Copenhague is mainly known for its Little Mermaid, Malmö has for me a bigger attraction: The Oresund Bridge. This article is also a way to talk about the links between travelling and some music, books or movies/tv show.
If you expect to meet those tall blonds with blue eyes, Swedish people, Malmö is definitely not the place to go! Indeed, the city has a big community of Eastern Africans and from the Middle East. And, considering the importance of the migrants’ community in the city, life there is way cheaper than in the rest of the country. Just to give you a good example, I paid a falafel sandwich with extra Haloumi for only 3euros … The city is also a home for street arts, good rap artists. Indeed, Malmö, for me, will always be linked to a song, from a Swedish Rapper called Leslie: Gunga Malmö. But above all, Malmö has one really impressive view. If you go for a walk in the Ribersborgsstranden, a big park alongside the seaside, you will have the most amazing view of the Oresund Bridge.
The bridge :
The Oresund bridge has the particularity to be a bridge-tunnel for the first 2km coming from Copenhagen. It also represents the borders between Denmark and Sweden. Moreover, this bridge is at the centre of a really good TV show called “Broen” or “the bridge” in English. The plot is about a dead body find right at the border between the two countries. The upper part of the body is in Swedish territory while the lower part belongs to the Danish territory. So it creates a conflict of interest about who is going to take the case. It is really interesting as you have a vision of both countries and some cultural aspect as well. But above all, it is a captivating and dark detective series typical of Scandinavia. Click here to see the trailer
The postcard side:
I guess everyone knows the story of The little mermaid written by Hans Christian Andersen, and also about its statue in Copenhagen. Well, if you are planning to go to the Danish Capital city just to see it, you might be disappointed. Indeed, the statue is very small and if you are going during the high season, you might even not have the chance to see it without any tourist around it! As well as if you go to Nyhavn, the famous area where you will find all the pretty houses. Which most of them had been turned into restaurants or bars. But fortunately, Copenhagen has much more to offer.
The places to check:
If you go a bit northern than the tourist area, you will reach Norrebro, which is a bit like Malmö for Sweden. An area where all the migrants and students are living in, which makes it also cheaper than the rest of the city. But if you want to experience something very typical, I suggest you check out the area of Christiana and to walk around the lake. It is a really nice walk and uncommon as on the way, there are homebuilt houses that all have their own particularity: Built on the water, or with hundred windows. And for more authenticity, I would recommend you to get a bit further in the area of Christiana. I, unfortunately, won’t be able to tell more about it as I want to protect the place.
The food :
One more thing, I was really surprised about, In the Capital, was the food. But probably because I went there during the beginning of the Christmas period and that most of the typical Danish food is Christmas food! I had the chance to try a variety of them :
- The Danish hot dog called Rod Polse.
- Aebleskiver: It is a small ball made of pancake dough with icing sugar on top and some jam, mostly red fruit jam, to dip it in.
- Romkugler: also called rum balls, very tasty chocolate balls made also with rum, delicious!
- Glogg: The Danish mulled wine which has the particularity to have, in addition to all the common spices, almonds and raisins. It is also really good!
- Wienerbrod: Danish pastries, I’ve tried two of them. The Kanelsnegl, a cinnamon roll and the tebirke, which is made of almonds and poppy seeds.
But for the food lover or big children, I would recommend having a look at the sweets shop: It is an absolute Paradise!
In order to highlight the diversity of those two cities, I would say that 90% of the people I stayed with or met were mixed or from different countries. Such as England, Zambia, Erythrea, The US or France.