2021-04-20 06:18Press release

European cloud collaboration GAIA-X expands to Sweden


  • GAIA-X is a European collaborative project for cloud infrastructure that aims to increase the region’s self-sufficiency in digital infrastructure.
  • The project, which was initiated by companies and organizations that use cloud services and need an open and flexible environment for innovation based on European data law, is now establishing an organization in Sweden.
Stockholm, April 20, 2021 – The European collaborative project for cloud services, GAIA-X, has established an organization for cooperation in Sweden. The overarching goal of GAIA-X is to increase Europe’s self-sufficiency in digital infrastructure and to create an open and flexible environment for digital innovation based on the region’s data legislation. The initiators of the Swedish organization are Ericsson, Netnod and City Network. The Swedish Tax Agency has been tasked by the Swedish government to monitor GAIA-X.

GAIA-X was formed by the German and French governments as a direct response to the needs of a number of heavy industrial enterprises to find alternatives to non-European cloud services for their digitalization journeys. European companies, government authorities and private individuals are today almost entirely dependent on non-European cloud services, which are often not compliant with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Europe’s need to strengthen its digital sovereignty is also a key issue for the European Commission, which considers the creation of European digital infrastructure as crucial for Europe’s long-term competitiveness. 

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Netnod provides critical infrastructure support ranging from interconnection services and Internet Exchanges to time services, DNS services and root server operations. With a worldwide reputation for its services and the expertise of its staff, Netnod ensures a stable and secure Internet for the Nordics and beyond. Established in 1996 as a neutral and independent Internet infrastructure organisation, Netnod is fully owned by the non-profit foundation TU-stiftelsen (Stiftelsen för Telematikens utveckling). More information is available at: www.netnod.se