A new analysis shows that the Norwegian data center industry contributes close to 2,000 jobs today, and that the number will increase sharply in the future.
11.000 jobs in the course of 5 years
The analysis has been prepared by Implement Consulting Group on behalf of the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization. It shows that the industry is investing around NOK 2.7 billion in new data centers in 2019 and 2020, which is strong growth compared with previous years. According to the report this can lead to 11.000 new jobs over the course of 5 years.
Norwegian government investment
The report shows that Norway has good conditions for creating jobs and activity in local environments where data centers are established. "Now it is important that we do what we can to unleash this potential", says District and Digitalisation Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland, hinting at increased investment in the industry. "We have good conditions to become an important data center region. The government has succeeded in facilitating important value creation in the districts. Now we want to invest even more",
New datacenter strategy in 2021
The government is now in the process of updating the data center strategy from 2018 and will present a new strategy by the end of June 2021. Among the measures that will be considered are further competence development in Norway, measures to strengthen the Norwegian data centers' climate strategy and joint international marketing to attract foreign players.
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