Sweden excluded as neighbours Denmark and Norway ease travel restrictions

Norway and Denmark said on Friday they would allow tourists to travel between the two countries, though border crossings with Sweden, where the number of Covid-19 infections is higher, will remain restricted.

During news conferences taking place simultaneously, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said most restrictions would end on June 15.

"We can't open too suddenly, that would jeopardise everything we've accomplished," Norway's Solberg told a news conference.

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A healthcare worker takes off and disinfects protective mask after treating patients infected with COVID-19 virus at the intensive care unit (ICU) in Stockholm's Sodersjukhuset hospital on June 11, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the sunny weather at an outdoor restaurant in Stockholm on May 30, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the sunny weather in Tantolunden park in Stockholm on May 30, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the sunny weather in Tantolunden park in Stockholm on May 30, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
People erect a maypole for midsummer celebrations in Sahl near Leksand, Sweden, on June 19, 2020. - In the small village of Sahl in Dalarna, midsummer is celebrated to a lesser extent and the elderly in the village stay at home or keep a distance due to the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ulf PALM / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ULF PALM/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a press conference to present the coronavirus commission launched to evaluate Sweden's coronavirus strategy on June 30, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by ALI LORESTANI / various sources / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ALI LORESTANI/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Passengers get ready to check in at Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 2, 2020, for the first chartered TUI flight to Rhodes in Greece since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Stina STJERNKVIST / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by STINA STJERNKVIST/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
a group of tourists walk in an empty hallway of the Stoa of Attalos at the Ancient Agora, in Athens, on June 30, 2020, as the country opens up to tourism follwoing a lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. - EU announced a list of countruies whose citizens will be allowed to enter EU countries. Greece extended the ban for direct flights from UK and Sweden until July 15th, while opening the peripherial airoprts on July 1st. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP) (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wears a face mask as she waits at a bus stop with an information sign asking people to keep social distance due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on June 26, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Stina STJERNKVIST / various sources / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by STINA STJERNKVIST/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
People dance around a maypole for midsummer celebrations in Sahl near Leksand, Sweden, on June 19, 2020. - In the small village of Sahl in Dalarna, midsummer is celebrated to a lesser extent and the elderly in the village stay at home or keep a distance due to the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ulf PALM / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ULF PALM/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Hakan Lidbo, an inventor from Stockholm, walks with his Corona hat on June 15, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. - Hakan Lidbo, an artist, musician and inventor created a helmet from a reverse sensor, batteries from a Hoover and a globe that he cut in half that sounds an alarm when anything comes within 1.5 meters of the wearer of the corona hat. Lidbo does not plan to produce the hat commercially and does not wear it regularly although he has tested it out in the Sodermalm neighborhood of Stockholm where he works. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker cleans and disinfects after treating patients infected with COVID-19 virus at the intensive care unit (ICU) in Stockholm's Sodersjukhuset hospital on June 11, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman jogs past sunbathers next to a canal at Djurgarden in Stockholm, on May 26, 2020, as temperatures reached 20 degrees Celsius. (Photo by Anders WIKLUND / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ANDERS WIKLUND/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker cleans and disinfects an ambulance after dropping a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the warm evening at Sundspromenaden in Malmo, Sweden, on May 26, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. - The sign reads 'In Malmo everything is near. But now, we need to keep distance'. (Photo by Johan NILSSON / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JOHAN NILSSON/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 21: A general view as people take part in the Ascension Day Church Service at Gustav Vasa Church on May 21, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden, a country of about 10 million people, has maintained more of an open society as it grappled with the coronavirus pandemic. It is one of several European countries observing the Ascension Day public holiday on Thursday. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)
Healthcare workers put on protective gear as they prepare to receive a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker cleans and disinfects an ambulance after dropping a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 12, 2020 shows a man on a bench as chairs are put on tables to maintain social distances amid the new coronavirus pandemic at a shopping center in Stockholm. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker takes off his protective gear after cleaning and disinfecting an ambulance at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Danderyd Hospital near Stockholm on May 13, 2020, during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 12, 2020 shows people keeping social distances at a shopping center amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Stockholm. (Photo by Henrik MONTGOMERY / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
A sticker of the Stockholm municipality with the reading "summer hang out with respect, keep the distance" is placed on a pavement in the heart of the city on May 11, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wears a protective face mask in Stockholm on May 8, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A man and a woman wear protective face masks in Stockholm on May 8, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
An advertisement of the Swedish healthcare services instructs people to stay home if they are sick, on May 8, 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
People enjoy the warm weather as they sit at Kungstradgarden in Stockholm on May 8, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A journalist is seen in front of a screen as the Swedish Public Health Agency releases the new total number of people who died due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, during a press conference to update on the situation on May 25, 2020 in Solna near Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
Sweden's Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren (C) looks on as health worker Gun Bjorling (R) administers a Covid-19 test at a drive-in-test station in Alvsjo, Stockholm, Sweden, on May 6, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. - Several mobile test stations, primarly for health care workers, are set up around Stockhom to fight the Covid-19 disease. (Photo by Jonas EKSTROMER / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JONAS EKSTROMER/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman sits outside her nursing home in Stockholm on May 4, 2020 during the new coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. - Sweden, whose softer approach to the coronavirus has garnered international attention, admits it has failed to adequately protect the elderly, with around half of COVID-19 deaths occurring among nursing home residents. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is reflected on an advertisement of the healthcare services of Sweden to instruct people to follow the 2 meters rule to reduce the risk of getting sick in Stockholm on May 4, 2020 during the new coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A man uses a Swedish version of the Covid Symptom Tracker app on his smartphone in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 29, 2020. - Sweden's Lund University developed the app to provide information about the spread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 in Sweden. (Photo by Fredrik SANDBERG / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by FREDRIK SANDBERG/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
Swedish Red Cross volunteers shop goods to elderly people in Nacka, near Stockholm on April 29, 2020, to protect them from exposure to the new coronavirus. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
Picture taken on April 29, 2020 shows a memorial in Stockholm's Mynttorget square in memory of loved ones lost to the new coronavirus featuring candles, flowers and handwritten notes, some of which express frustration over Sweden's softer approach to curbing the illness. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
Medical staff in protective clothing takes a sample for a novel coronavirus Covid-19 test at a test facility in a tent outside Skane University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, on April 29, 2020. - The Skane region started Covid-19 tests for health care employees in tents at several hospitals in the region. (Photo by Johan NILSSON / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JOHAN NILSSON/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)
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Denmark will also welcome tourists from Germany and Iceland. All foreign visitors will need to book at least six nights accommodation before arriving and they will not be allowed to stay in the capital Copenhagen, where most of the country's Covid-19 cases are.

Tourists from Sweden will still not be able to visit, with Denmark's Frederiksen telling journalists that the two countries were in different places when it came to the coronavirus.

More than 4,000 Swedes have died from Covid-19, nearly four times the combined total of the other Nordic countries.

On Tuesday, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde warned that excluding Sweden from moves to open borders across the Nordic region would be a political decision and not justifiable on health grounds.

The idea of travel bubbles, or travel corridors, is gaining traction with governments around the world as a way to restart international travel while limiting the risk of spreading the virus.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia this month opened their common borders, creating the first travel bubble within the European Union.

In an emailed statement to Reuters on Friday, Swedish Interior Minister Mikael Damberg said Sweden maintained a close dialogue with its neighbours over the easing of border restrictions.

Norway on Thursday announced it would allow business travel to resume across the Nordic region.

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