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Facebook builds first European Data Center in Sweden near Arcticle Circle

Oct 27 2011, 3:28am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Facebook builds first European Data Center in Sweden near Arcticle Circle

This data center does not need air condition.

Facebook today announced that it will locate its third data center in Lulea, Sweden, which lies near the Arctic Circle. The data center is Facebook’s first data center in Europe and will serve more than 800 million Facebook users. The Swedish city of Lulea has the same latitude as Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, and is the coldest region in Sweden – a crucial factor since cooling servers is a major issue for data centers.

“After a rigorous review process of sites across Europe, we concluded that Lulea offered the best package of resources – including a suitable climate for environmental cooling, clean power resources, available land, talented regional workforce and supportive business and corporate environment”, says Tom Furlong, Director of Site Operations at Facebook.

Facebook is investing billions of Swedish Krona (1 Krona is 0.15 USD) in Lulea. The new Facebook Data Center has a size of 11 football fields. 

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