Norway publishes data center strategy

05.03.2018 | news

The Norwegian Government has published its strategy to increase the country’s attractiveness as a data center nation.

Four ministers launched the strategy, emphasizing new international dark fiber routes, reduced tax and increased international marketing of Norway.

Terje Søviknes, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, commented: “Norway has a good basis for developing data-centric business enterprises. Our renewable resources and well-functioning energy sector are major competitive advantages. Norway’s power supply is renewable, flexible, secure and competitively priced.”

In the strategy document that was published last week, it is stated: “The main objective of Norwegian industrial policy is to maximise overall value creation in the Norwegian economy within a sustainable framework. Norway needs new industries that create jobs and economic value. The state’s role is to ensure that the general framework conditions for business and industry are sound.”

Atle Haga, Program director in Statkraft, commented: “The report emphasizes the political support of the ongoing work from many stakeholders to attract data centers to Norway. Statkraft is doing a considerably effort both as a facilitator for investors through its data center project, and as a possible energy supplier being Europe’s largest renewables provider with its core business in Norway.”

 The stategy is available in English here.