Google announced in May 2019 that is investing about EUR 600 million to build a second data center in Hamina, southern Finland. The new facility will be located at the same site where Google has already invested EUR 800 million to convert a former paper mill into a data center that opened in 2011. According to Google, its existing facility in Hamina is one of the company’s most advanced and efficient data centers and features a cooling system that uses seawater from the Gulf of Finland.
“The demand for Google services is growing daily and we are building our data center infrastructure to match this demand,” said Google’s country manager Antti Järvinen in a statement.
Google’s decision to expand its data center operations in Finland demonstrates the country’s stable and competitive environment and further strengthens its digital infrastructure, according to Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Google’s new data center will be the biggest single investment in the history of Hamina, which has a population of about 20,000 people and is situated near Finland’s border with Russia.
"The investment also increases the attractiveness of the whole region. For over a decade, cooperation between Google and the City of Hamina has worked very well,” said Hannu Muhonen, Mayor of Hamina, in an interview with YLE.
“Companies in Finland can depend on a highly reliable and cost-effective power supply to run their business with maximum efficiency. Finland’s power generation, transmission and distribution systems are highly efficient and the price of electricity is among the lowest in Europe,” says Alpo Akujärvi, Head of Industry, Data Centers, Invest in Finland.
In 2018, Finland’s electricity transmission reliability rate was higher than ever. The overall reliability of the transmission grid managed by Fingrid was 99.9999 percent of the transferred energy.
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