Saturday, August 14, 1999 Published at 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Scandinavia's bridge of size
The final section of the bridge is brought into position
Sweden has been joined to Western Europe for the first time since the last Ice Age with the completion of one of the world's longest bridges.
The final section of the bridge was finally been put in place between Denmark and Sweden.
It is hoped that the 16 km (10 mile) road and rail link across the Oresund sound will boost trade in the region after it opens for normal traffic next year.
It means it will be possible to drive or travel by train from Sweden to Western Europe without having to use often time-consuming ferries.
The Oresund sound has separated the two nations since the last ice age.
Dancers wearing bridge-worker clothes performed a mid-air ballet on the massive crane which had lifted bridge sections into place, while a large flotilla of vessels sounded their foghorns to mark the event.
A consortium set up by the Swedish and Danish governments was set up to build and run the massive structure.
Since then, an artificial island has been built in the sound, a tunnel has been bored and the bridge itself has been built.
A BBC correspondent in Scandinavia says both countries hope the bridge will help create a new powerhouse of industry for the 3.5 million people in what is now to be called the Oresund region.
Cars and trains starting in Malmo will cross on a 7.8 km (4.8 mile) two-level bridge and the 4 km (2.5 mile) artificial island in mid-strait, before diving into a 3.5 km (2.2 mile) underwater tunnel which emerges south of Copenhagen, near the city's international airport.
Hopes that the new link will boost trade have prompted an expansion of Copenhagen's airport and the building of a high-speed rail line between the airport and the city centre.
The toll on the four-lane highway link will be maximum of 230 kroner ($33) for a one-way crossing by car.