First Facebook Data Center Outside of U.S. Will Be In…

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Lulea, Sweden! The town is located about 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It will house Facebook’s first data center outside of the U.S and the purpose of this center is to improve performance for European users. Reports say Facebook chose this site because the chilly climate will help keep the servers cool even in the Summer. Huffington Post reports that Facebook will also have access to renewable energy from nearby hydropower facilities.

Facebook has 800 million users worldwide and operations Tom Furlong told the Associated Press, “Facebook has more users outside the U.S. than inside…It was time for us to expand in Europe.”

Some Interesting Data on New Facility

  • There will be three 300,000-square foot or 28,000-square meter server buildings.
  • The data center is scheduled for completion by 2014.
  • The cost is estimated at $760 million and the Swedish government is going to contribute $16 million.
  • This location will need 120 MW of energy and plans on getting this from hydropower. The hydropower stations in this area generate twice as much electricity as the Hoover Dam (Huffington Post).
  • God forbid they lose power each building will have 14 backup diesel generators with a total output of 40 MW.

Facebook stores all your data in facilities located in California, Virginia, Oregon and North Carolina.

Melissa Fach

Melissa Fach

Melissa is the owner of SEO Aware, LLC. She is a consultant and trainer helping companies make the most of their content marketing and SEO. She specializes is the Psychology behind blogging and content marketing. Melissa is also an associate on the Community team at Moz, an associate and writer at CopyPress and an editor at Authority Labs. She is a self-proclaimed Star Wars and Internet geek and volunteers with big cats at
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  • Aly

    Hi Melissa – I was just reading another article on Facebook’s new freezing data center when I came across your post. I work for an architecture firm here in Houston that specializes in data center design. I think it’ll be really interesting to see how this shift to natural cooling and clean energy will effect data center design from an architectural standpoint.

    Anyways, thanks for sharing! – Aly

  • Macon Georgia Homes

    I think it’s a great move! Servers are happy when they are chilly!

  • Grant Brookes

    Those are some awesome facts! one small question though, when the cost is $760 million and facebook is a private company, why the Swedish government is going to contribute another $16 million?

    I hope its not the price they have to pay to bring FB to Sweden :)!!!