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Old August 4th, 2007, 02:31 AM   #1
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Scandinavian highways.

Hello everyone.
Do you have any pictures and infos about roads in scandinavia?
There is one thread about Norway but how about Sweden, Finland or Denmark?
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Old August 5th, 2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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A bit of general information about Sweden and Denmark:

Sweden has the most extensive motorway network in Scandinavia, more than 1000 kms. In addition, there are lots of quality expressways (2+2, 2+1 and wide 1+1). The rest of the main road network is also in good working order, whereas secondary and rural roads are of a more varied nature: generally good, but not always. Speed limits: Urban - 50 kph, rural - 70, 90 or 110 (the latter only in the northernmost counties), expressways - 90 - 110, motorways - 110 (with 90 and even 70 in urban areas). 120 is tested on a few motorways.

Denmark has some 800 kms of motorways, of which a considerable amount has been built in the last decade. Also, there are a few expressways, and the rest of the road network is also good. However, these roads tend go through villages, towns and cities. Speed limits: Urban - 50, rural - 80, expressways - 90, motorways - 130 (although there are restrictions, 110 is still common around cities).
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Old August 5th, 2007, 03:54 PM   #3
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In the beginning of the year 2007 Finland had approximately 700 km of motorways. Motorways are located mostly between the biggest cities and around the urban centres. The first Finnish motorway was completed in 1960's.

As a curiosity one can also note that the world's northernmost motorway, Perämerentie/Bottenviksvägen, is located in Finland, between the cities Keminmaa and Tornio. Its length is 16 km and it was opened in 2003.

Motorways under construction:
  • Tampere – Pirkkala (8 km)
    Nokia – Ylöjärvi (6 km)
    Muurla – Lohja (65 km)

Planned to be constructed before 2015:
  • Koskenkylä – Kotka (54 km)
    Hamina – Vaalimaa (40 km)
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Old August 5th, 2007, 05:11 PM   #4
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^Is there a full motorway between Turku and Helsinki and if there is then when was the last part finished? My map is "a bit" outdated.(From 2002). I think that Finnish roads are great. Every road I've driven on in Finland have been in a good shape with almost perfect pavement.(In 2003 I went on a road trip Helsinki-Kuusamo-Nordkapp-Tromso-Rovaniemi-Oulu-Helsinki) I'll post a few pics of Finnish roads a bit later.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 09:19 PM   #5
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Muurla–Lohja is the last phase of the Turku–Helsinki-motorway. It'll be completed in late 2008. Then there's a full motorway between the cities.

And what a magnificent road trip you have had!
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Old August 5th, 2007, 10:02 PM   #6
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Ok, some pics then:
Länsiväylä:

Kehä I/Ring I:




Yes, Kehä I/Ring I has level some level crossings:

Near Helsinki on Helsinki-Turku motorway:

Somewhere between Helsinki and Forssa:


A 2+1 road:
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Old August 6th, 2007, 09:25 AM   #7
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What are exactly the speed limits on the Finnish roads?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:27 AM   #8
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I am too lazy now to write myself

En.wikipedia.org says
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  • Motorways 120 km/h (in winter or bad weather, as well as on motorways close to urban areas, 100 km/h).

    Main provincial roads (paved) 100 km/h or 80 km/h (on locations or on winter lower).

    Rural roads 80 km/h (paved or gravel) unless otherwise indicated.

    Within a built-up area 50 km/h unless otherwise indicated.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 07:19 PM   #9
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Sweden has the most extensive motorway network in Scandinavia, more than 1000 kms. In addition, there are lots of quality expressways (2+2, 2+1 and wide 1+1). The rest of the main road network is also in good working order, whereas secondary and rural roads are of a more varied nature: generally good, but not always. Speed limits: Urban - 50 kph, rural - 70, 90 or 110 (the latter only in the northernmost counties), expressways - 90 - 110, motorways - 110 (with 90 and even 70 in urban areas). 120 is tested on a few motorways.
I don't think our roads are nearly as good as they should be though. Wasn't there some report this winter following all those accidents stating that a lot of roads are not up to EU safety standard?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 10:43 PM   #10
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These are my pics from Sweden (9/2006) and Denmark (10/2006).

(S) Getting E6: Treleborg - Malmö highway













(S) E4: Helsingborg - Stockholm. This is lake Vättern, after Huskvarna



(S) E4: Swedish breadth



(S) E4: Scenes around


(S) E4: Approaching Stockholm


(S) E4: Stockholm's outskirts, 4+4 lanes






(S) Swedish highway signs
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Old August 6th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #11
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Great pics. I am planning a trip to Finland next year.

There are two options; via road over Sweden or with a ferry from Travemünde or Rostock to Helsinki, but those are really expensive, i saw Stockholm - Turku isn't that expensive.

I didn't decide yet which to take.
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^I suggest via road to Stockholm and then a ship to Turku or Helsinki.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:45 PM   #13
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(DK) Copenhagen - Rødby highway:



(DK) Approaching Farø Bridges (that connects the islands of Falster and Sjælland):









(DK) Near Rødbyhavn:


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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:51 PM   #14
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Great pics. I am planning a trip to Finland next year.

There are two options; via road over Sweden or with a ferry from Travemünde or Rostock to Helsinki, but those are really expensive, i saw Stockholm - Turku isn't that expensive.

I didn't decide yet which to take.
I also suggest you to go by road over Sweden. Their highways are very good and not over-crowded. Count on about 2,5h to pass Denmark and about 7h to reach Stockholm from Malmö. I highly suggest you to go over Öresund bridge.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 01:22 AM   #15
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Are Sweden and Norway planning to connect their expressways systems, or is tere a need to do that?

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Great pics. I am planning a trip to Finland next year.

There are two options; via road over Sweden or with a ferry from Travemünde or Rostock to Helsinki, but those are really expensive, i saw Stockholm - Turku isn't that expensive.

I didn't decide yet which to take.
why wouldn't you consider about going via Poland, Lithuania and Estonia and take Tallinn - Helsinki ferry and back via Sweden?!
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Great pics. I am planning a trip to Finland next year.

There are two options; via road over Sweden or with a ferry from Travemünde or Rostock to Helsinki, but those are really expensive, i saw Stockholm - Turku isn't that expensive.

I didn't decide yet which to take.
What time of the year? I don't recommend the E47 through Denmark during the holiday seasons... Both the motorway itself and the ferries are badly overcrowded! Personally Im a fan of the Kiel-Göteborg ferry for trips between Sweden and the continent.
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do they have roads in Scandinavia thats cool i thought they still used horses and carrages or is that only in Norway?
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do they have roads in Scandinavia thats cool i thought they still used horses and carrages or is that only in Norway?
Lame joke, man.
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I don't think our roads are nearly as good as they should be though. Wasn't there some report this winter following all those accidents stating that a lot of roads are not up to EU safety standard?
That may very well be the case - as a Norwegian, I haven't seen the reports you refer to. However, I do know that the Swedish roads are the safest in Europe (lowest number of fatalities per km). I have also driven in most European countries, and Swedish roads are at least par with the best out there. That is not to say that nothing could or should be done, there is always room for improvement.
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