Norway tops datacentre location ranking

13.06.2018 | news

A benchmark study aiming to identify the best places in Europe to locate a datacenter puts Norway on top of the list of 20 countries.

To identify the best countries in Europe to invest in a datacentre, Savills conducted a benchmark based on various parameters crucial to the development of a datacentre, natural environment, security, energy and connectivity.

This research analysis covered 20 European countries including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The report states: “By far, Norway tops the league of our benchmarked countries. The country has the best grade in nearly all of the parameters selected in the benchmark. Where Norway really stands out is the availability of fresh water, the amount of energy production per capital and the availability of green energy per capital which is between 8 and 11 times higher than the average of the 20 countries benchmarked.”

The analysis used to benchmark datacentre opportunities draws on 12 indicators including, the average annual temperature, average temperature during the peak month of the year, availability of fresh water per capita, average annual loss liaised to natural disasters, political stability, cybersecurity, electricity production per capita and electricity price, availability of green energy per capita, internet average speed and the FTTH/B (fibre to home / fibre to building) penetration rate. The various indicators have been graded and ranked across the 20 countries.

The report was published in April 2018 and can be downloaded (pdf) here