The study “Data Centre Opportunities in the Nordics – An Analysis of the Competitive Advantages” was carried out by COWI Group and published by the Nordic Council of Ministers. It compares the attractiveness of the Nordic region to the so-called FLAP-D region (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin), against the background of accelerating data volumes worldwide and the challenge of tackling sustainable growth of cloud, streaming and computing services.
According to the report’s findings, the Nordics are likely to gain market share thanks to five key advantages: abundant renewable energy, reliable power supply, low energy prices, political stability and faster time-to-market primarily due to ease of doing business.
The Nordic data centre construction market is estimated to attract annual investments of EUR 2-4.3 billion by 2025. This corresponds to an installed annual capacity of 280-580 MW per year. The Nordic region is well connected to the UK, continental Europe, and the US, and major fibre optic installations linking the Nordics to North America and Asia are in the planning stages.
"The Nordics meet all key criteria"
“Cloud and hyperscale companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon Web Services and Apple have made major investments in Nordic data centres recently. The Nordics meet all key criteria for site selection, ranging from reliable, renewable energy to world class fibre optic infrastructure. This presents a powerful proposition for corporate investment in existing and new facilities” says Jakob Dybdal Christensen, Chief Market Manager, COWI, and one of report’s lead authors.
In addition to electricity production that is two thirds renewable across the region, from sources such as biomass, hydropower, geothermal and wind power, the report underscores the competitive value of advancing cross-border collaboration in the Nordics.