A bridge of a length of 1,380 meters, 30 meters longer than the famous Golden Gate in San Francisco was inaugurated earlier this week in the country that refused to join the European Union.
Hardanger Bridge is the longest suspended bridge in Norway and was opened to traffic on August 19. The bridge links the Norwegian cities Oslo and Bergen and replaces the ferry that was scheduled for regular trips over the Hardanger fjord.
This bridge has two lanes for cars, a cycle path and a pedestrian crossing space. With a length of 1,380 meters, it is 30 meters longer than the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. During its construction, there were used 15,000 tons of steel and the two overhead cables, each weighing 6,400 tons.
The bridge was designed by Arkitekter Forum and represents a reason of pride for the Norwegians. Norway is the only country on the Old Continent that has twice refused to join the European Union. The Norwegian population voted twice against joining the EU in referendums held in 1972 and 1994.
The works on the bridge began in August 2009 and were completed in April this year.