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Data and bitcoin companies join Facebook in Swedish north

Facebook's data centre in Luleå. Photo: Nils Eklund/Sveriges Radio.

More internet companies are choosing Sweden’s icy north to get natural cooling for their servers.

Two years ago Facebook set up in Luleå, its first ever centre for servers outside the USA. It was the eco-friendly electricity, good infrastructure and local airport that also affected the decision, writes news agency TT.

Now British data capacity provider Hydro 66 and bitcoin firm KNC Miner are also to set up on northern Sweden.

With Facebook expanding that makes five data centres in northern Sweden.

Local politicians in the Luleå, Piteå and Boden areas are now cooperating to encourage more similar companies to set up in Sweden.

Under the “Node Pole” name the politicians say they want to make things east for companies to come to Sweden, plus lobby other politicians and civil servants to get the projects underway.

But they are not happy about the Swedish electricity tax. They say it makes Sweden less attractive than neighbouring Finland.

Computer servers use about two percent of the world’s electricity. Most want to tell customers they use green electricity. This makes Sweden’s hydropower network very attractive. Northern data centres can be only a few kilometres from a nearby water-powered generator.

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