Dalarna is an excellent choice for green data center operations

The region of Dalarna, with its central location in the heart of Sweden offers cool favourable climate for green data centers together with a closeness to Stockholm and Arlanda International Airport.

Google acquires land in Dalarna for data center operations

In October 2017 Google confirms property acquisition of 109 hectares in Horndal, Avesta in Dalarna. The project is moving forward and in February 2018 the company informs, as part of preparing the Horndal Industrial Zone for development, there will be several noticeable activities occurring on or around the zone over the next 6-18 months. This includes logging and felling of trees on a portion of the site, as well as infrastructure works for the connection of utilities. This does not mean that a decision to begin development of the site has been taken, but the works are the next step in enabling that decision to be made.

The heaven for cloud computing

Sweden has a strong proven track record in the digital economy, driven by a high rate of technology adoption and an innovative business climate. It is no coincidence that tech giants like Facebook and NASDAQ have chosen Sweden to host web server farms and other mission-critical systems. Running this type of high-tech infrastructure is energy-intensive – and energy costs in Sweden are among the lowest in the world.

In april 2017 Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the establishment of three datacenters in central Sweden. The new AWS EU (Stockholm) Region will be operational in 2018 and is further evidence that Sweden is open for business and one of the best places in the world for technology companies to test, grow and expand their business.

Ideal location for green data centers

Lower cost of power reinforces Sweden’s leading position as data center location. On 1 January 2017, the Swedish Government lowered the energy tax for data centers dramatically by 97%, resulting in the lowest price for electricity in Europe. Along with Sweden’s extensive renewable power production, the carbon footprint is minimal.

In July 2017 the ground work of a climate-smart data center started in the municipality of Falun in Dalarna. The objective is for the new data center to provide peak performance, high security and the world’s greenest facility. Soon Dalarna will be home to the world’s first climate positive data center. The data center is planned to be ready for operations in September 2018.

Why Dalarna?

Dalarna has a strong and proud history in traditional industry with large energy-intense mills and mines demanding a stable and robust power grid in the region. The central location enables cool climate in combination with low latency, low cost renewable energy and heat recovery. The region offers various options and sites for data center operations through a regional cooperation between Invest in Dalarna Agency and the municipalities.

  • Low cost renewable energy
    Sweden has the highest share of electricity generated from renewable sources in Europe and energy costs in Sweden are among the lowest in the world.
  • Stable and robust power grid
    Sweden has a stable electricity grid and well developed infrastructure
  • Ideal central location
    Dalarna’s central location in Sweden ensures a combination of low latency, cool climate and a closeness to Stockholm
  • World-class connectivity
    Sweden is the most connected country in the world with an extensive fibre network
  • Cool climate
    The cool climate offers ideal conditions and free cooling for data centers
  • Stable economy
    The Swedish economy is stable and performing well both in a comparison over years and with other Western nations

 

Please contact us for information about investment opportunities in Dalarna!

Please contact us for information about investment opportunities in Dalarna!

Maud Hallmans
Investment Promotion Manager
Phone +46 243-48 88 60
Mobile +46 76-763 03 17
maud.hallmans@investindalarna.se


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Data Centers by Sweden

Invest in Dalarna Agency is part of Data Centers by Sweden. Data Centers by Sweden is a nation-wide investment promotion project managed by Business Sweden. Read more about the project here!

Reports

Digital Infrastructure and Economic Development (pdf)
Executive Summary of the report (pdf)
An impact assessment of Facebook’s Data Center in Northern Sweden
The Boston Consultancy Group

flag Etableringen av Facebooks europeiska datacenter i Sverige och Luleå (pdf)
En ex-ante utvärdering
Tillväxtverket

flag Effekter av Facebooks etablering i Luleå (pdf)
En studie av effekter på regional och nationell nivå
SWECO Tillväxtverket

DATA CENTRE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NORDICS:
AN ANALYSIS OF THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES (pdf)
COWI study commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers

Industry publications

Advantage Data Centers (pdf)
Business Sweden

Fact sheet

Application for data center tax reduction (pdf)
Business Sweden