One of the main advantages of living in a country that is a European Union member nation is the ability to travel easily across borders. Considering how close European countries are to one another, crossing borders without having to stop to have your passport checked is a pretty big deal!
This policy of "invisible borders" is called Schengen, and it is something that Danes living in Copenhagen can experience all the time. You see, Copenhagen---Denmark's capital---sits just across a narrow body of water called the Oresund from southern Sweden, and in 2000, the two countries completed the Oresund Bridge connecting Copenhagen with the Swedish city of Malmo.
The bridge has literally changed life for both Danes and Swedes---and has strengthened the economy of both countries. Because the journey over the Oresund Bridge only takes 35 minutes by train, people can live in one country and commute to work in the other. Students can also take college classes at universities in both Malmo and Copenhagen.
Heck, goofy American tourists can even travel from Denmark to Sweden for dinner! Don't believe me? Then check out this video:
Pretty interesting stuff, huh? By building a bridge, Denmark and Sweden have made travel for their people easy.
Can you think of other advantages that the EU's invisible borders might provide for countries? For EU residents? What about disadvantages? Are there potential problems in letting people travel freely between countries?
Bam Bam Bigelow