Even though Lulea is a sparsely populated town, it is growing rapidly in both number of businesses and residents – it has low unemployment and a strong economy despite the world economic situation. The positive development in Lulea is equally dependent on a historical basis as an industrial city, the modern forward-looking stance and that it is an attractive place for tech companies.
That it is a “thumbs up” is obviously a nod to Facebook nearing the completion of its first data center outside of the United States, right there in Lulea. Facebook’s data center in Lulea has received global press attention, and once finished, it will serve over millions of Facebook users. When data traffic is released, Internet traffic to and from Sweden will double!
The following is a quote from Karl Petersen, who spoke at the event and opened the gates:
“Today, we gave a thumbs up for Lulea. I’m proud of how we together, through hard teamwork, year after year manage to grow and evolve,” says Karl Petersen, Mayor of Lulea.
Source: Karl Petersen Mayor of Lulea
Luleå is one of Scandinavia’s leading ICT centers with Luleå University of Technology and the Aurorum Science Park, with the vision to become a world leader in high-tech, power-intensive industries. The city of 75 000 residents is situated close to the Arctic Circle at the same latitude as Fairbanks, Alaska and Yakutsk, Russia. The location holds a combination of ideal inherent qualities for data storage. Besides having an extremely stable electricity infrastructure, the climate in Luleå provides natural cooling and renewable hydropower. The region is also one of the most geologically, politically and socially stable areas in the world. These qualities, the geographical position and the fact that the establishment of Facebook’s new data center will make the region a major node for data traffic in Europe, has generated a new epithet for the Luleå region – The Node Pole.
Horseed Media 2013