Commuting over the Sound will continue to rise rapidly until 2025, according to the Øresund Bridge's long-term traffic prognosis. In ten years, an estimated 14% of the active working population of the Malmö area will commute to jobs in Copenhagen, making Malmö a major satellite centre for Copenhagen, with a shorter commute than from Roskilde.
From November 2000 to November 2007, the number of commuters between Malmö and Copenhagen rose from 2,500 to almost 18,000 per day. A further 1,500 – 2,000 commute between Helsingborg and Elsinore. The new prognosis predicts the numbers will continue to rise.
The number of commuters over the Bridge is expected to grow to 46,000 in 2017, and to 56,000 in 2025 (including 4,000 students), of whom 4,000 will live in Copenhagen and 48,000 in the Malmö area. The most singificant single explanation for the increases is the difference in demographic changes between Skåne and Sealand.
In ten years, an estimated 14% of the active working population of the Malmö area will commute to jobs in Copenhagen, This is just as large a proportion as currently commutes from Næstved to Copenhagen over a distance more than twice as long, i.e. 93 kilometres, and more than currently commute to Copenhagen from Vordingborg and Slagelse. In the next decade, the number of commuters using trains is expected to double, the number travelling in cars to treble.