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Passenger brings Denmark-Sweden train to emergency stop after realizing he was ‘going the wrong way’

A train over the Öresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden was brought to a sharp halt on Tuesday after one of the passengers discovered he was travelling in the wrong direction and pulled the emergency brake.

Passenger brings Denmark-Sweden train to emergency stop after realizing he was 'going the wrong way'
An Öresundtåg crossing Pepparholmen, the artificial island built to reduce the length of the Öresund bridge. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
According to Thomas Johansson, press spokesman for the Öresundståg train service, the train had just left Copenhagen Airport and started to travel towards Malmö when the man — realizing that he was going towards Sweden and not Central Copenhagen as he intended — pulled the brake. 
 
“The train was ten to 15 minutes late, and the person who pulled the brake was taken in by the police and sent back to Copenhagen,” Johansson said.  
 
He said he believed that the man who pulled on the brake had been fined by the Danish police. 
 
“If you're going the wrong way, you can't just pull the emergency break. It's illegal.” 
 
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The train driver announced what had happened over the loudspeaker, to inform weary Öresund commuters that this time, instead of the delay being the fault of the train company, it was the fault of one of the passengers. 
 

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Queues on Øresund Bridge as Danes return from long weekend

Danes returning from a long weekend in Bornholm and holiday cottages in Skåne caused a 2km queue on Tuesday morning, adding to Swedes' irritation at being cut out a Nordic tourism deal.

Queues on Øresund Bridge as Danes return from long weekend
There was a 6km queue after Pentecost on May 24. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT/Scanpix
Copenhagen police reported the queue in a tweet at around 8am on Tuesday.  
 
The temporary border checks on the small artificial island of Peberholm (Pepparholm in Swedish), where the bridge over from Sweden turns into a tunnel, makes it much slower to get across the Öresund, meaning queues build up quickly whenever there is heavy traffic. 
 
“The police are in place and are trying to get people through the checks as quickly as possible,” security officer Thomas Hjermind told Ritzau at 9am. “The queue is 2km long. But the traffic is moving.”
 
The long weekend around Whit Sunday and Whit Monday in Denmark has meant that many have travelled into Sweden — some to get the ferry across to Bornholm, others to stay in summer cottages in Skåne and elsewhere. 
 
Police told Ritzau that the queue was mainly formed of Danes on their way back from holiday in Sweden, together with a few Swedish cross-border workers. 
 
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Since Denmark imposed border controls on March 14, Danes have been able to travel to Sweden unhindered while Swedes have only been allowed into Denmark if they have a “worthy purpose”. 
 
 
Danes are supposed to go into quarantine for 14 days on their return, but this is voluntary and it seems that few do. 
 
Last Friday, Denmark's government announced that it was ready to allow tourists from Norway, Germany and Iceland into the country, but not those from Sweden.
 
“It seems absolutely crazy. Total double standards,” Christer Mårtensson, 61, from Hjärup in Skåne told Denmark's BT tabloid. 
 
“If the authorities are so afraid of the Swedes being infected don't they think that the Danes can take the infection back with them?” he added. 
 
“It doesn't make sense. It's pure populism, and it seems as if Mette Frederiksen is just trying to improve her popularity on at home.” 
 
While Sweden as a whole has higher infection rates than Denmark, Region Skåne has a lower rate
than in Copenhagen area. 
 
According to Sweden's Kvällsposten newspaper, there have been 17.8 coronavirus-related deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in Copenhagen, and just 13.3 in Skåne. 
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