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Google invests $608 million in Finnish data center

Google is investing $608 million into its Finnish data center in a bid to meet mobile video demand.

The investment will be used to expand the data center's capacity, according to Bloomberg.

The site in Hamina, some 150 kilometers outside Helsinki, was opened two years ago after Google bought a facility from a Finnish paper company for $272 million. It is currently one of three Google data centers in Europe.

Google said the construction will provide jobs to 800 engineers and builders and the data centre's head count will rise from 90 to 125.

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Google's data center in Hamina, Finland uses seawater to cool systems.

The data center draws on seawater from the Bay of Finland for cooling and wind energy from Sweden for power as Google seeks to keep its environmental impacts to a minimum.

"Google is in Finland for the long term," said Google data center manager Dieter Kern. "We're digging deep roots, both figuratively and in a concrete way."

Google also serves customers in Europe from data centers in Dublin, Ireland, and St Ghislain, Belgium.

Other large tech companies also have their data centers located in Scandinavia. For example, Microsoft announced in September it will invest $338 million in a new Finnish data center, while Facebook opened its first non-U.S. data center in Lulea, Sweden, this summer.

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