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Google investment to Finland worth 200MEur

Posted by Janne Saarikko on March 4, 2009

Google has annouced that the size of the investment to city Hamina in Finland will be 200 million euros. The price of the factory they bought was 40MEur.

Google will use the former paper mill as a data center employing permanently approximately 50 persons.

Right next to the Google data center there will be a factory producing windmills for Winwind. A new government funded project in the area will start building a wind mill park of 12MW for Haminan Energia (Hamina Energy company).

These investments were greeted with glad by minister Mauri Pekkarinen.


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Twitbear launched – Twitter with comments thread!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 23, 2009

It’s here! Mark this date – February 23rd, 2009.

This is the day when a new Finnish service called Twitbear went to closed beta.


Twitbear is a project of three social media entrepreneurs – @anttiakonniemi @kaimaan, @heleneauramo – that’s what they are called in Twitter.

Twitbear looks and feels just like Twitter, but it allows users to do something that serious tweeters have been missing for a long time – comment on threads. This feature will bring on the active discussion known from services such as Jaiku, which unfortunately has been faded by Google.

The first hours of Twitbear has been booming. Really looking forward to see how fast this will fly.

Should interview them? Sure, why not. I’ll grab my vidset and find them.

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Google invests EUR40M in Finland

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 12, 2009

It was announced this morning that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)  has purchased a major industrial property located in Hamina, Finland. The deal is worth 40 million euros.

Summa mill  was previously owned by Finnish StoraEnso, one of world’s leading paper and pulp manufacturers. The entire paper industry has been in dire straits for some years, and the Summa mill was closed down already in January 2008.

According to Google, they are planning to build a server farm in Summa. There is plenty of room for that, since the mill used to have three medium-sized paper machines. The location is beautiful, since the paper mill is located by the water.

What this will mean to Hamina region in SE Finland? Propably some more jobs and lot of international influence. There are lot of former paper industry workers in the region, maybe they can be trained to run server farms?

Hamina is an age old harbour town (the name Hamina stands for port). It’s located not too far away from Helsinki. Hamina is perhaps best known for it’s Hamina Tattoo, international military music festival.

Link to aerial view of Summa mill.

Googlemaps location of the paper mill.

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