Amazon to open three centres in Sweden

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to make Stockholm a new infrastructure region for its cloud computing services by 2018. The IT giant will establish three data centres in Västerås, Eskilstuna and Katrineholm, all of which are within easy reach of the capital.

Start up companies such as iZettle, King, Mojang and Supercell as well as Ikea, Nokia, Scania and Telenor use AWS to help them run their businesses, reports DI.

Darren Mowry, Nordic manager for AWS, tells DN that Stockholm and the three towns have an infrastructure that suits the company, and the region is one of few in the world with such a concentration of talent. The company has also taken on board the fact that renewable energy sources account for 53% of the Swedish energy production.

Innovation and Enterprise Minister Mikael Damberg is optimistic, believing the move could create up to 200 jobs, and will place Sweden at the fore in the development of the digital economy.

DN lifts a warning finger, however, remarking that Amazon is infamous for its tax planning. According to DI Digital, in 2015 AWS reported a loss and paid zero kronor in taxes in Sweden. Darren Mowry assures DN that the company will “of course” pay all taxes required by law.