Denmark’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence

Denmark is to be a front-runner in responsible development and use of artificial intelligence – benefitting individuals, businesses and society as a whole.

Artificial intelligence offers great opportunities for creating growth, prosperity and world-class public service. Therefore, the Danish National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence seeks to create a framework for companies, researchers and public authorities that allow them to exploit the potential of artificial intelligence with a high level of responsibility.

The government puts forth four objectives for the Danish development and use of artificial intelligence:

  1. Denmark should have a common ethical and human-centered basis for artificial intelligence
  2. Danish researchers should research and develop artificial intelligence
  3. Danish businesses should achieve growth through developing and using artificial intelligence
  4. The public sector should use artificial intelligence to offer world-class services

A good starting point - but also challenges

Thanks to a long-standing focus on digitization in both the public and private sectors, Denmark has a good starting point for using new technologies: high-quality and structured public data sets, a flexible labour market, and a population adaptable and open to new technologies.

However, the use of artificial intelligence also poses a number of challenges that need to be addressed. For example, artificial intelligence raises a number of ethical issues of openness and transparency, because the technology allows for new ways of making decisions. The development and use of artificial intelligence also requires access to specialized labour – and precisely this kind of labour is in great demand.

Danish is also a small language area, and this challenges the development of solutions based on artificial intelligence using speech recognition and language understanding in Danish. These are challenges, which the strategy tries to to address.

The initiatives of the strategy

The strategy's initiatives fall within four focus areas that will help ensure that the work on artificial intelligence is based on an ethical basis, with access to good data, strong competencies and new knowledge, and that the possibilities for investments in technology are improving.

In order to boost the work on artificial intelligence in Denmark and gain more experience with the technology, specific objectives are also formulated in four priority areas: health, energy and utilities, agriculture and transport.

The strategy contains of 24 initiatives that cross the public and private sector. DKK 60 million are allocated for new initiatives in the strategy. Among other things, a number of signature projects will be carried out in cooperation with municipalities, regions and private companies.

Artificial intelligence is a technology undergoing rapid development, and therefore the strategy will be revisited at regular intervals so that efforts can be adapted and new ones can come into play.