The Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Dieter Kern (right) in data centre in HaminaGoogle will invest an additional 450 million euro in the development of its data centre in Hamina in the years to come, the Internet giant announced at the former Stora Enso paper mill site on Monday morning. Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (NCP), who attended the event, said that the investment represents one of the most significant foreign direct investments in Finnish history.

“Finland needs more foreign direct investments to promote growth and employment,” he also reminded. Google estimates that the expansion of the data centre will provide work for roughly 800 engineers and construction workers, the majority of whom will be recruited in Finland. Currently, the facility employs roughly 125 full-time personnel and provides services to Internet users across the world.

Lehtikuva - Markku Ulander