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Google invests $608 million in Finnish data center

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  • Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, speaks during a session with students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Google announced Monday that it will partner with the university on a program to encourage the innovation and the entrepreneurship. The company said it is also investing 450 million euros ($608 million) to expand a data center in southern Finland as part of Europe-wide development plans totaling hundreds of millions of euros.

      Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, speaks during a session with students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Google announced Monday that it will partner with the university on a program to encourage the innovation and the entrepreneurship. The company said it is also investing 450 million euros ($608 million) to expand a data center in southern Finland as part of Europe-wide development plans totaling hundreds of millions of euros.
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HELSINKI -- Google says it is investing 450 million euros ($608 million) to expand a data center in southern Finland as part of Europe-wide development plans totaling hundreds of millions of euros.

The investment comes on top of the 350 million euros Google Inc. has spent converting an old paper mill, which started operations as a data center in 2011. The company says the expansion will employ up to 800 engineering and construction workers at the plant, which it described as one of its most efficient data centers.

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Google Finland manager Anni Rokainen said Monday the Internet company is investing "hundreds of millions of euros" in expanding European data centers as demand for its services grow.

The Hamina plant employs some 125 people in engineering, technical work, security and maintenance.

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