Denmark and Norway have been easing their epidemiological restrictions in May and now consider the opening of borders with neighbours. Sweden is currently omitted from the plans as it has the highest COVID-19 death toll in the region and the softest restrictions.
In Denmark, some opposition parties have urged the government to reopen the border with Germany and Norway, but not with Sweden. Meanwhile, Norway plans to reopen borders on June 15, but its chief epidemiologist has expressed concern about the possibility of opening the border with Sweden.
Similar views have come from Finland, where Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo commented at a Nordic-wide meeting that a international zone of open borders between the countries could be complicated.
The Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo said “Norway, Denmark and Iceland have succeeded in stabilising the situation. In Sweden the situation is more worrying”.