Bridge brings shoppers from across the water
The sea has always been a vital source of income for the area around Frederikshavn. Here at the tip of Jutland, in Denmark's northernmost harbour, ships bound for Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland or Greenland were laid up waiting for better weather. The sea has …
The currency snake settles in the harbour
The supermarkets by the harbour are Frederikshavn's flagship for servicing bargain-hunting Swedes and Norwegians. The thousands of tourists needed to find the shops easily. The local traders made sure of that. In 1979, they built a 538-metre-long enclosed gangway from the ferries leading right to the entrance of the supermarkets. The gangway snakes its way over the busy highway. In 2007, day-tripping tourists spent a total of DKK 284 million in Frederikshavn. The harbour bridge has been nicknamed The Currency Snake. Price differences between the countries are a condition for currency continuing to flow through the snake. While the harbour bridge has been in existence, especially cheaper Danish alcohol and meat have kept the supermarket tills ringing merrily.
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