A recruitment advertisement for a software engineer on the Alexandra Institute's website signals that Google is seeking staff for a new development department in Aarhus, claims Computerworld. The Alexandra Institute, located in the Katrinebjerg "IT City" area of Aarhus, is a research-based limited company that bridges the gap between the IT corporate sector, research and education.
Google's European HQ is not making any comment but Computerworld, which reports the news, says it has learned that Google has already hired a number of people and is looking for premises in Aarhus, which is also home to the future-technology oriented Innovation Lab. Such a move by Google would put it in relatively close proximity to Microsoft's development department near Copenhagen, the software giant's largest facility of its kind outside Seattle.
According to the advertisement, Google is looking for highly skilled software engineers to develop the next generation search engine, that will make Google faster, more reliable, more available and as they put it , more "Googley".
Denmark is a good place to look in this regard, since Danes have a known ability to develop software minimalistically, just like their renowned furniture design. The point is nicely illustrated by a finance management programme made by Navision, the Danish company that Microsoft acquired to establish its development department. An equivalent programme from Microsoft in Seattle takes up ten million lines of code. The one from Denmark uses just half a million.