Northern Sweden to host more Facebook servers

Downtown Luleå, in Northern Sweden. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
Facebook buys land for its third server hall in the town of Luleå, in Northern Sweden.

Facebook already has two large server facilities in Luleå. Now a third is in the process. The company is this week expected to buy a piece of land for a new 35,000 square meter building.

Facebook will pay 3.3 million Swedish kronor for the land, Affarer i Nord reports. It is subsidiary company Pinnacle Sweden AB which is behind the deal.

The American social networking company built its first server hall in Luleå in 2013. A second followed in 2014. The third facility will be located in the Porsön peninsula, nearby the two existing halls. Nearby is located also the Luleå University.

Anne Graf is Chief Commercial Officer with the Node Pole. (Thomas Nilsen/the Independent Barents Observer)
Local benefits

The coming of Facebook to Luleå has given a boost to local economy. A big number of companies have followed and at least ten datacenters have since been built.

By 2020, Facebook is expected to have generated about 9 billion kroner (€967 million) in overall economic impact from its datacentre operations in Sweden.

Anne Graf is Chief Commercial Officer with the Node Pole, an alliance network of more than 50 technology and construction partners in the region around Luleå.

In early 2017, she told the Barents Observer that Luleå can offer what the companies want.

“Low carbon footprints, low electricity bills, high-tech solutions, great infrastructure and an intellectual community; we have it all,” she explained.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic nickel, not oil, could soon power the world’s cars, Blog by Mia Bennett, Cryopolitics

Finland: Renewables to provide bulk of Finland’s energy in 2018, Yle News

Norway: Two new satellites to boost Norway’s Arctic internet, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russia to link military installations with trans-Arctic cable, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Strict security at Facebook’s server in Sweden’s Far North, Radio Sweden

United States: Ex-CEO charged with fraud in Alaska broadband project, Alaska Public Media

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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