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Facebook might open new data center in Denmark

This could be the social media giant's third server facility in Europe.

Facebook's Prineville, Oregon data center.
James Martin / CNET

You share your cat photos to Facebook from your computer or phone at home. But where do they get stored? Possibly Denmark.

Facebook is planning to build a new data center in Odense, Denmark, according to a report from Reuters. Odense, founded in the 10th century C.E., is a port city of less than 200,000 people known for being the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen.

The data center would be Facebook's third in Europe, and eighth overall. In January, Mark Zuckerberg announced a data center was under construction in Clonee, Ireland. In Prineville, Oregon, a Facebook data center covers about 800,000 square feet. Its other data centers are in Iowa, Texas and North Carolina. Earlier in September, Facebook announced it would open a data center in Las Lunas, New Mexico.

Facebook has purchased land in Odense, but said in a statement it's not committed to building a data center there.

"It takes years to get a site ready for a new data center, and because of the long lead time, we're always evaluating potential new locations as we expand our global infrastructure," a Facebook representative said in a statement. "By doing work upfront, we can move fast when we do need more capacity. But, we're not committing to anything right now."