Facebook building server farm just south of Arctic Circle

Facebook building server farm just south of Arctic Circle

Summary: Two separate reports indicate Facebook is building a server farm in Luleå, Sweden. The news is expected to be made official tomorrow morning.

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Facebook is planning to build its first non-US server farm next year. It will be located in Luleå, Sweden, a small town at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea, which is just 100km south of the Arctic Circle. The news is expected to become official tomorrow morning, but reports have come out early detailing the enormous facility.

The new computer servers are expected to use as much electricity as a town of 50,000 people, according to The Telegraph. The new 120MW data center, comprised of three giant server halls taking up 30,000 square meters each, will cost $72 million a year in just electricity, according to The Local. It will also generate somewhere between 70 and 90 new full-time jobs.

Luleå has three big selling points. First of all, it's a prime location to take advantage of outside cooling (which reduces the overall company's carbon footprint): the temperature has not been above 30°C/86°F for more than 24 hours since 1961 and the average temperature is around 2°C/36°F. Secondly, dams on the Luleå river generate so much renewable electricity that half is exported. Last but not least, Sweden has a dense fiber-optic network, so data can flow reliably to the rest of Europe and beyond.

Rumors about Facebook choosing the Luleå facility have been circulating since May. At the time though, council representatives said the identity of the investor would remain under wraps while negotiations continued. Facebook reporteldy looked at more than 40 sites in Sweden alone, but it looks like Luleå won.

Topics: Social Enterprise, CXO, Hardware, Servers

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Facebook building server farm just south of Arctic Circle

    Now the polar bears and penguins can use Facebook!
    CobraA1
  • The lives of helpless1

    Different locations doing different things, different times a different mood.1
    Otakussss
  • RE: Facebook building server farm just south of Arctic Circle

    Carbon footprint reduction with 120 MW power ? How stupid to mention. Additional heat creates more global warming. 120 MW equals 120 000 KW which in return can heat anywhere near 6000 homes. Nonsense.
    aheneghana