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Copenhagen 'love locks' to stay, unlike in Paris

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Copenhagen 'love locks' to stay, unlike in Paris
An estimated 5,000 locks hang on Bryggebroen. Photo: Colourbox
15:44 CEST+02:00
Lovebirds who have left their mark on Bryggebroen, Copenhagen's answer to Paris's Pont des Arts, needn't worry that their symbols of devotion will go the way of their French counterparts.
While workers in Paris began removing nearly one million “love locks” on Monday, love-struck couples in Copenhagen can rest easy. Officials in the Danish capital said that Bryggebroen's symbols of everlasting love aren't going anywhere. 
 
“With the level we have now, there is a long way to go until we need to worry about anything,” Janus Christoffersen, a spokesman for the City of Copenhagen's technical and environmental administration, told broadcaster DR. 
 
Bryggebroen is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge connecting Kalvebrod Brygge and Islands Brygge, and some 5,000 couples have put padlocks on it as a testament to their relationship since the bridge was built in 2006. 
 
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Copenhagen's Bryggebroen. Photo: Florian Plag/Flickr
Copenhagen's Bryggebroen. Photo: Florian Plag/Flickr
 
By comparison, it is estimated that more than 700,000 love locks hang on the Pont des Arts. 
 
Christoffersen said that city officials are not concerned about a situation similar to the one in Paris, where police had to hurriedly usher tourists off the Pont des Arts last year when a section of it collapsed under the weight of the locks covering the 155-metre-long bridge.
 
“It is incomparable to the bridge in Paris, and no one needs to rush down here to make it [in time],” he said. 
 
Couples who hung locks in the French capital, meanwhile, saw their symbols of passion get removed on Monday. 
 
The Local France has photos from the removal of the Paris love locks, which weighed a combined 45 tonnes. 
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