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Small-town mayor overjoyed as internet giant moves in

Updated tisdag 4 april kl 13.56
Published tisdag 4 april kl 12.57
Katrineholm Mayor: Best day of my political life
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Square in central Katrineholm.
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Just over 37,000 people live in Katrineholm today. Credit: Johan Nygren/Katrineholm kommun
Katrineholm Mayor Göran Dahlström in front of a map of the area.
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Katrineholm Mayor Göran Dahlström at a press conference about the plans. Credit: Daniel Hjalmarsson/Katrineholm Kommun

The American IT giant Amazon Web Services is planning three new data centres in Sweden, within commuting distance from Stockholm. The Mayor of Katrineholm, where one of the centres will be, is overjoyed.

"I have been in politics in 25 year, and this is the happiest day in my political life."

The three centres, in Katrineholm, Västerås and Eskilstuna, near the Swedish capital, will become one of 16 regions where Amazon promises "maximum speed for cloud customers", who will use it for internet storage and managing websites.

The Head of Amazon Web Service's Nordic operations, Darren Mowry, told the news agency TT that they hope start building as soon as possible, and that the data centres will be up and running already next year. He said the choice of location fell on this area partly because Sweden has well-trained and competent staff and access to renewable energy.

In Katrineholm, the mayor and his staff will be celebrating with "something good to eat, and something good to drink, that bubbles".

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