Google invests € 600 million in Finnish data center

FILE PHOTO: Visitors pass by the logo of Google in the high-profile high-tech startups, and leaders of the meeting, Viva-Tech,in Paris, France-May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Google said on Monday it planned investment of 600 million euros ($672 million) in a new data center in Hamina, Finland.

Google, which is the property of the Alphabet Inc., already has a data center in Hamina, where it invested 800 million euros to convert an old paper mill. Paper company Stora Enso sold the site, which is close to the Russian border, to Google in 2009.

Google said that the existing Hamina facility is one of the most advanced and efficient data centers. The cooling system uses seawater from the Gulf of Finland to reduce its energy consumption.

Google’s other European data centres are based in the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium.

“The demand for the services of Google, is growing daily, and we build our data center infrastructure to meet this demand,” Google Finland country head Antti Jarvinen said in a statement.

($1 = 0.8928 euro)

Reporting by Anne Kauranen and Tarmo Virki; Editing by Edmund Blair

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