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Swedish town eyes digital age with Arctic data centre

Perched near the Arctic Circle, the Swedish town of Luleaa hopes that a massive data centre for US social networking giant Facebook will launch the vibrant industrial region into the digital age as a European data traffic hub. With a population of 74,000, Luleaa has long been home to Sweden's thriving steel industry, with one of the world's leading producers, SSAB, based there. It is also a key hub for the mining and pulp and paper sectors.

The icy region, located on the same latitude as Fairbanks, Alaska, was especially attractive due to its climate, "since cooling (computer) servers is a major issue for data centres," Facebook said. The company is expected to pump between €325 and €540 million into the data centre, creating 300 new construction jobs for the next few years and then 50 to 60 permanent jobs.

Source: The Western Australian

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