Google: Google unveils first data center campus in Norway

Feb 12, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Google has broken ground on its first data center campus in Norway, with the project scheduled to be fully live by 2026. 

“Now we are building a data center in Norway!,” Tine Austvoll Jensen, country director for Google Norway, announced on LinkedIn this week. “Today we have finally announced that we are investing €600 million ($646.4m) in the construction of a new data center in Skien. This will bring with it a number of positive ripple effects in the form of value creation and jobs both locally and nationally.”

Marius Roheim Aarvold, mayor of Skien municipality, said: “We have been waiting anxiously for Google to make the decision to start construction of its first data center here in Skien. As a municipality, we are proud to have been chosen by Google to host their major investment in Norway. We look forward to continuing to work together to realize Gromstul as a new, regional industrial area for data center operations, which is a prerequisite for our digital society.”

“Data centers are an important part of the digital foundation and make it possible to create new safe jobs, reduce emissions, and, not least, ensure a change of pace in digitalization,” said Karianne Tung, Norway’s minister of digitalization.