Oresund or The Sound (Danish: Øresund, Swedish: Öresund) is the strait that separates the Danish island Zealand (Sjælland) from the south Swedish province Scania (Skåne). Its width is just 4 km at the narrowest point (between Helsingor, on Zealand, Denmark, and Helsinborg, Sweden).Oresund is one of the three Danish Straits that connect the Baltic Sea to the Atlantic Ocean (via Kattegat, Skagerrak and the North Sea) and is one of the busiest waterways in the world.
Construction began in 1995 and the last section was constructed on August 14, 1999. The Oresund Bridge has been inaugurated on July 1, 2000 by King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
The bridge connects Sweden with Denmark, and includes a lower level for trains. The one-way toll for a car will cost 275 SEK while the train will cost between 70 and 140 SEK.
Per was in Malmö and was interviewed in Aftobladet and the Swedish TV. These are his words:
"It is more like a combination of Brian Wilson’s sling guitar and Ennio Morricone’s pomposity. It has been funny to try out in a new genre, but I am not interested in big productions in the future. Actually, I’m kind of glad when this is over. I am more of a rock’n’roll guy. We (Clarence, Christoffer and me) have worked on the composition on computers and I haven’t even heard it performed with real instruments yet"
Per himself has not been performing in the ceremony — the 8-minute musical piece has been performed by the Orchestra of Malmö Music Teather and Denmark Radio Pops Orchestra.
The conductor, he was British, didn’t want to speak to us, he never joined the meetings. We released their version in the end. It was kind of strange, it was the first time we had done something like that, so we didn’t know what to expect. But, of course, this doesn’t mean we don’t want to do this again. I actually think Per should record this one in the proper way, as we created it, and release it. We should put the demo somewhere.