In October 2011, Facebook announced that the social network will locate its new data center in The Node Pole. The Luleå Data Center will consist of three server buildings with an area of 28 000 m2 (300 000 ft2) each.
Construction takes place in three phases and began instantly. The data center will be Facebook’s third, and the first one outside the US. It will also be the northernmost data center of its size in the world.
Leif Johansson, a profile within Swedish industry was impressed at his recent visit to the Facebook datacenter in Luleå and The Node Pole. He is convinced that Sweden will continue to have a leading position in international IT-industry and that Sweden is strong in the international playing field.
Following a year of construction work, the datacenter is taking shape and is getting closer to being operational. Already in the first year of construction, the local community in Lulea has started to notice a “Facebook effect”.