Sweden to lead AI cooperation in Nordic-Baltic region


The Nordic and Baltic regions are to expand their cooperation to maintain their position as Europe’s leading region in the area of digital development. The countries decided today to reinforce their cooperation on artificial intelligence (AI). Sweden will lead this cooperation.

– Our region is currently the European leader on digital development. Today's AI declaration means expanding the cooperation between our countries. Now Sweden is also taking on the responsibility of leading the Nordic-Baltic cooperation into the next stage, by moving the work forward and proposing necessary measures, says Minister for Housing and Digital Development Peter Eriksson.

The Nordic-Baltic ministers today signed a joint declaration on AI, with a focus on developing and promoting the use of AI to better serve people. This will be achieved by:

• improving the opportunities for skills development so that government agencies, businesses and organisations use AI to a greater extent;

• strengthening access to data so that AI can be used to give better service to the people of the Nordic and Baltic regions;

• developing ethical and transparent guidelines, standards, norms and principles to guide when and how AI programs should be used; and

• working for international standards for infrastructure, hardware, programs and data to ensure interoperability, privacy, security, trust, usability and mobility.