A study commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers projects sharp growth for the Nordic data centre market until 2025 – with expected annual construction investments in the order of EUR 2-4.3 billion.
The Nordic region attracts an increasing level of significant investments in new data centres. This seems to be no coincidence as the Nordics scores comparatively higher on factors such as ”Reliable power supply”, ”Low energy prices”, ”Political stability”, ”Faster time-to-market” and ”Abundance of energy and other resources” compared to more traditional European data centre regions. All factors that are deemed most important by data centre investors.
Development of the Nordic market
Against the background of a growing global demand for data generation and communication, the Nordic region has attracted significant data centre investments. For example, after Google and Facebook entered the region in 2009 and 2011, the Nordic countries have become a preferred site location by an increasing number of data centre investors.
The Figure above ilustrates the 2018 development in the Nordic countries. It presents the locations of significant data centre investment which is already operational, under construction, in planning or where land has been acquired for potential planning. It should not be viewed as a complete mapping, but a visualization of the current investment landspace.
This report estimates that the Nordics by 2025 could attract annual data centre construction investments in the order of EUR 2-4.3 bn. by 2025. This is based on the forecast of the future demand worldwide for data centre services – as well as the strong value proposition of the Nordic countries towards large datacenter investments.
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