Apple's Fouloum data center is the largest foreign capital investment Denmark has ever seen

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Apple's investment in a Denmark-based data center and related biogas research will nearly hit $1 billion, and make it the largest foreign capital expenditure in the country.

Apple has teamed with Aarhus university in a biogas research and development program. The data center will be situated in Foulum, near Aarhus University's agricultural research centers, central to the research.

"This is a clearly a benefit of Apple's billion-kroner investment in the data centre in Foulum," said Denmark's foreign minster, Kristin Jensen about the deal with the university. "The partnership is a good example of how our targeted efforts to attract foreign companies to Denmark are producing results."

The data center is said to be 166,000 square meters in area, and Apple notes that it will serve content for the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri for European consumers. A similar center will be located in Athenry, Ireland.

"This significant new investment represents Apple's biggest project in Europe to date," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in early 2015 when it announced the data center program. "We're thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet."

Apple's European data center programs will bring the lowest environmental impact of any Apple data center to date, including the facilities in North Carolina, and Oregon, both of which include sustainable energy plants.


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