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E 4 near Linköping, Sweden


European route E 4 passes from north to south through Swedenmarker from the border with Finlandmarker, total length . The Finnish part lies entirely within Torniomarker in northern Finland, and is actually only long. The Swedish part, however, goes through most of Sweden except the extreme north, and it is commonly considered the highway backbone of Sweden, since it passes in the immediate vicinity of all the major cities and large towns except four (these being Gothenburgmarker, Malmömarker, Västeråsmarker and Örebromarker), but including Stockholmmarker, the capital city of Sweden.

From Haparandamarker on the Finnish border, it stretches south along the Gulf of Bothniamarker to Gävlemarker, then on a more inland route southwards. It ends in Helsingborgmarker in Sweden, at the port for the ferry to Elsinoremarker in Denmark. In the new system of European routes, it was planned to have been a part of E 55, but it remains in the pre-1992 designation (E 4) within Sweden, because the expenses connected with re-signing this long road portion would be too large. Besides the signs along the road, there are thousands of signs, especially in cities, showing how to reach the E 4 road. The road is now fully authorized as E 4 by the relevant authority, not as E 55.

North of Gävle the road is of mixed standard. Depending on the fashion at the time of construction it is either a single standard carriageway road, usually wide, or a 2+1 road, a wide road with two lanes in one direction and one in the other with a steel wire barrier in between, or sometimes a motorway with two lanes in each direction. From Sundsvall and further north, the road passes through most larger cities as city streets.

South of Gävlemarker, the road is almost a continuous motorway. On October 17, 2007, the final stretch of the motorway, between Uppsalamarker and Mehedebymarker was opened. South of Gävle, the speed limit is on 60% and on 30% of the road. North of Gävle there are varying speed limits, with , and as the most common. The speed limits on the main roads in Sweden were changed on many stretches in October 2008, which saw the introduction of the 120 km/h limit.

The E 4 is the fastest road to go from Germany/Denmark to areas north of the arctic circle, including places in Norway like Tromsømarker. To go from Helsingborg to the North Cape, the fastest road is E 4 to Luleåmarker, then E 10, road 392, road 403, E 08 and road 93 to Alta and on.

The route passes through or nearby the cities

Torniomarker,Haparandamarker,Luleåmarker,Piteåmarker,Skellefteåmarker,Umeåmarker,Örnsköldsvikmarker,Härnösandmarker,Sundsvallmarker,Hudiksvallmarker,Söderhamnmarker,Gävlemarker,Uppsalamarker,Märstamarker,Stockholmmarker,Nyköpingmarker,Norrköpingmarker,Linköpingmarker,Jönköpingmarker,Ljungbymarker,Helsingborgmarker.

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