Google’s investment in the Hamina data centre creates a substantial influence on the Finnish economy – now the Kotka-Hamina region makes itself known in Google’s new European data centre video

Videokuvaukset Vellamon katolla kuva: Ellen De Jong

Google has produced new video material presenting all its European data centre locations.

One of those four centres is in the Finnish city of Hamina, in the premises of a former paper mill. The voices of the Kotka-Hamina region in the video are Harri Eela and Jouni Eho, representing the local development company Cursor that in 2009 helped Google with the location process in Finland. “I’m very pleased for this opportunity. Google’s influence on our economy is remarkable and I’m happy that Google wants to tell the stories of its data centres from the local perspective”, says sales director Harri Eela from the Kotka-Hamina regional development company Cursor. Besides the Hamina data centre area, the video ( also features footage from the Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka. Some scenes were also filmed in Cursor’s offices in Kotka. 

The event in Brussels – Global technology, local jobs – was organized by Google together with the European Small Business Alliance and Debating Europe on the 20th of February. One of the keynote speakers was the Finnish Member of European Parliament Henna Virkkunen. A brief commentary was also given by Harri Eela who emphasized the significance of Google in raising the Kotka-Hamina region’s profile for future investments. A new study identifying the economic effects of Google data centre investments was published in the event. The study has been carried out by Copenhagen Economics.

In their previous study from 2017, Copenhagen Economics stated that the Google investments in the Hamina data centre had created a EUR 660 m effect on the Finnish economy during 2009 and 2015. The study also concluded that the effect on Finnish economy can reach EUR 2.3 bn and 33,000 jobs in 2025 if Finland is able to fully realise the data centre potential.

Photo from the video shoot in Maritime Centre Vellamo in January. Photo by Ellen De Jong.

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