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A bridge crosses Öresund to Copenhagen on the southcoast of Malmö called the Oresund Bridge. It was opened in 2000, and is quite beautiful when it rises out of the sea-fog in the mornings and evenings. There are trains every 20 minutes connecting Malmö and Copenhagen with connections to the Copenhagen Metro, inaugurated on Oct 19, 2002.
The economy of Malmö was traditionally based on shipbuilding and construction related industries, such as concrete factories. The region's leading university, with associated hi-tech and pharmaceutical industry, is placed in nearby Lund. As a result, Malmö had a troubled economic situation following the mid 1970s. However, during the last few years there has finally been a revival. Contributing factors have been the economic integration brought about by the bridge, a new university and a wave of immigration.
The city arms were granted in 1437 by King Eric of Pomerania. The arms of Pomerania is argent with a griffin gules, which gave the griffin's head to Malmö. The coat of arms for the city has also served as the basis for the arms of the province of Skåne (Scania) and the County of Skåne, with differentiation in colors. Blazon: "Argent, a Griffin's head erased Gules, crowned Or".
Sites of interest The city is gaining in popularity as a tourist destination. It retains much historical charm, with an 'old town' section filled with small shops, as well as the south's largest teaching university. There is always a festival of some kind going on. For history buffs there is a fabulous castle, housing a small city museum and a fairly large art gallery. There are many other, smaller museums as well.
Miscellaneous topics Great nightlife - lots of good bands tend to play at various venues or in the many plazas. It is centered around essentially two places; Lilla Torg (Small Square) is encircled by trendy pubs and upmarket night clubs, while Möllevångstorget (The square at the mill meadow) houses run-down "slum pubs" as well as hang-outs for artists and musicians, and good opportunities for live music.
Municipalities of Skåne:
Bjuv | Bromölla | Burlöv | Båstad | Eslöv | Helsingborg | Hässleholm | Höganäs
Hörby | Höör | Klippan | Kristianstad | Kävlinge | Landskrona | Lomma | Lund | Malmö
Osby | Perstorp | Simrishamn | Sjöbo | Skurup | Staffanstorp | Svalöv | Svedala | Tomelilla
Trelleborg | Vellinge | Ystad | Åstorp | Ängelholm | Örkelljunga | Östra Göinge