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Facebook to expand 'cutting-edge' Swedish data centre

Published on Mar 8, 2014 12:45 AM

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Facebook, the world's largest social network, said Friday it planned to expand its Swedish data centre, which it describes as "one of the greenest, most cutting-edge facilities" in the world.

The Baltic port city of Luleaa in northern Sweden was chosen for the data centre because of the cold climate, reducing the need for cooling apparatuses, and the availability of hydropower facilities.

"Construction work will commence shortly on our second data center building, sited alongside the first," the Luleaa centre, which has been in operation since last year, said on its Facebook page.

It did not say how much the expansion was expected to cost.

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