Microsoft has struck a deal to build data centers powered entirely by renewable energy in in Staffanstorp outside Malmo in Sweden.
It is the third land investment Microsoft has made in Sweden in the last year, following purchases in Gävle and Sandviken.
Staffanstorp municipality said Microsoft had selected it over rivals on the basis of more than 35 criteria, including access to qualified labour and reliability of power supplies.
According to the municipality of Staffanstorp, the US company has already begun preparing the ground ahead of the start of construction.
“It is hard to overestimate the significance of Microsoft’s huge investment in Staffanstorp,” the town’s mayor, Christian Sonesson, said in a statement. “Microsoft will both become one of the municipality’s biggest employers and will also contribute to local society through providing funds to the municipality and our local society.”