Google CEO to visit Finland for talks on Friday

The visit of Sundar Pichai comes a few months after Google announced a huge expansion of their Hamina data processing centre, at an old papermill on Finland's south coast.

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The CEO of Google Sundar Pichai is coming to Finland on Friday.

According to the Prime Minister’s office he’ll be meeting with Antti Rinne (SDP) on Friday morning followed by a joint press conference. He’s also expected to visit Google’s facility in Hamina on the south coast.

Google has invested heavily in Finland over the last decade, opening the Hamina data processing centre in 2011 at an old papermill. It uses seawater to cool the temperature inside.

In 2018 Google announced it was buying energy from three Finnish wind farms to add renewable capacity to the same grid from where it draws power for the Hamina data centre, the first deal of its kind in Europe.

And earlier this year the company announced a huge €600 million expansion of the Hamina facility, taking its total investment in Finland to around €1.4 billion as it keeps up with demand from companies – as well as individuals who use the internet – who want to save more of their data in cloud storage.

Google owns a number of services like YouTube and gmail which require vast amounts of storage space, and they need to be able to cool the storage infrastructure.