Facebook set to build its first European data centre

Facebook has announced that it is to build its first European data centre near the Arctic Circle in Lulea, Sweden.

The data centre — the social media website’s third — will serve more than 800 million Facebook users.

‘After a rigorous review process of sites across Europe, we concluded that Lulea offered the best package of resources — including a suitable climate for environmental cooling, clean power resources, available land, talented regional workforce and supportive business and corporate environment,’ said Tom Furlong, director of site operations at Facebook.

The Lulea Data Centre will consist of three server buildings with an area of 28,000m2 (300,000ft2) each.

The first building is to be operational within a year and the entire facility is scheduled for completion by 2014.

About 300 full-time positions will be required during the first three years.