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Iceland on Microsoft’s Shortlist for Server Farm

As confirmed by President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Iceland is among three countries, down from nine, in which computer giant Microsoft is considering establishing a server farm and a development department.

“Even though the country may not be chosen, the fact that one of the most powerful companies in the world selected Iceland as one of three possible countries in which it wants to establish future facilities is a great recognition,” Grímsson told Morgunbladid, who is currently at a conference on energy issues in New York, held by Glitnir Bank.

“It is yet another indicator that we are on the right track,” the president said, adding it is not enough for Iceland to have energy, but the country also needs scientists in the field of natural sciences, concluding that education in natural sciences should be strengthened to create opportunities for future generations.

It was also revealed at yesterday’s conference that the Icelandic American Energy company is about to start drilling in a national park in California to establish a geothermal power plant to provide a skiing area in California with heat. The company aims at opening an office in Los Angeles next month.

Iceland’s president and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates met at a summit in Scotland earlier this year and Grímsson mentioned to Gates that Iceland would be ideal for establishing a server farm. After their discussion, Gates added Iceland to the list of nine possible countries.

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