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Facebook and Google are setting up shop in the Nordic region in their bid to make their huge data centers green. Facebook switches on first data center outside the U.S.

Facebook this week switched on its first data center outside the U.S., located on the edge of the Arctic Circle, which it says could be the most environmentally friendly facility of its kind.

The social network said its facility in Lulea, Sweden is “now serving live user traffic from around the world.”

The announcement follows last week’s news from Google Inc. that it has agreed to buy the entire output from a soon-to-be-built wind farm in Sweden for 10 years to power its data center in Finland.
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