Practical Finns show a strong commitment to functional infrastructure. Finland was a forerunner in rolling out 3G networks, and has recently launched the most advanced 5G test network in the world. We also have some surprising infrastructure advantages, such as a stable rock-based ground formation and cool weather that are ideal elements for establishing data centres. In general, Finland is a country where everything works.
The recently completed, ultra-fast and cyber secure submarine cable connection from Helsinki to Rostock in Germany establishes a new digital highway between the two countries. And with Finland’s proximity to Russia, this data connection is an essential bridge between Russian and European markets. The planned extension of the cable connection via the North-East passage also highlights Finland’s strategic location between Europe and the rest of Asia.
Finland has attracted major data center investments from companies like Google, Telecity Group and Yandex thanks to its cool climate, highly skilled IT-professionals and well-functioning infrastructure. The lower electricity tax rate is set to further boost Finland’s competitiveness as a cost-effective location for data centers.