Google Cloud Platform opens new region in Finland

Google opened a new region today in Finland on the Google Cloud Platform. “The Finnish region, europe-north1, is now open,” Google announced today.

Google Cloud Platform users can now select Finland as a GCP region, enabling customers and users in Finland and surrounding areas to use GCP services closer to home (including Eastern Europe and Nordics).

Google says that hosting applications in the new region can improve latencies by up to 65% for end-users in the Nordics and by up to 88% for end-users in Eastern Europe, compared to hosting them in the previously closest region.

The Finnish GCP region has 3 zones. Developers and network admins can distribute apps and storage across multiple zones to protect against service disruptions.

GCP Finland is in Google’s data center in Hamina.