İrem UZUN -TDO- Norway and Denmark will allow tourists to travel between the two countries from mid-June, their governments announced on Friday, although border crossings with Sweden, where the number of COVID-19 infections is higher, will remain restricted.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in separate news conferences that most restrictions related to travel between the two countries would end on June 15. “Denmark and Sweden have a close relationship and that will continue in the future,” Frederiksen said. There was “a strong desire to find a solution with our neighbor, Sweden”, she added, but Denmark and Sweden “are in different places when it comes to the coronavirus, and this affects what we can decide on the border”.

Denmark is also opening up tourism with Germany and Iceland, within limits. However, tourists from those countries cannot stay the night in Copenhagen, which has the most coronavirus cases. Danes can travel to those two countries too, without having to go into quarantine on their return. Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said Danes should avoid big cities and stick to the countryside during their trips to Europe.

While all European countries adopted strict measures to fight COVID-19, Sweden has a softer approach to the pandemic since the beginning. It did not impose a lockdown but encouraged the public to stay at home as much as possible, follow social distancing rules and work from home if possible. As of Friday, Sweden reported 40.000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while the death toll reached to 4.900, nearly four times the combined total of the other Nordic countries.

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