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 confirmed property acquisition of 109 hectares in Horndal, Avesta in Dalarna. The project is moving forward step by step, preparing the Horndal Industrial Zone for development. This does not mean that a decision to begin development of the site has been taken, but to be considered as 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 AWS EU (Stockholm) Region. In December 2018 went live with all three datacenters. This 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.

In December 2018 Microsoft revealed plans to expand their presence in Sweden and in Dalarna’s neighbouring county Gävleborg. The municipalities of Sandviken and Gävle in Gävleborg sold a total of 133 hectars of land to the company.

Ideal location for green data centers

As of October 2018 EcoDataCenter is open for business in the municipality of Falun and Dalarna is home to the world’s first climate positive data center. In July 2017 the ground work of a climate-smart data center started. The objective for the new co-location data center is to offer solutions with world class performance to customers with mission-critical requirements, at the world’s greenest facility (including heat recovery).

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. Sweden’s extensive renewable power production, which ensures minimal carbon footprint proves an attractive offer for data centers operators.

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 in Sweden enables cool climate in combination with low latency and low cost renewable energy.

The region offers various options for both greenfield and brownfield sites for data center operations through a regional cooperation between Invest in Dalarna Agency and a number of 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
Mobile +46 76-763 03 17


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!


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

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

COWI study commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers

The economic contribution of Facebook data centres in Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden (pdf)
IHS Markit

Industry publications

Advantage Data Centers (pdf)
Business Sweden

Fact sheet

Application for data center tax reduction (pdf)
Business Sweden