This was Danmarks Statistik’s conclusion based on a new survey made by Eurostat. And the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI) is very pleased because it shows that an increasing number of Danish companies embrace the digitalisation as it makes them more skilful, faster and better. But we have to take make even more progress, says Christian Hannibal, head of DI’s Digital Taskforce.
- Denmark is the best digital country in Europe. For that reason we have, amongst others, been able to attract large investments from giants like Facebook and Apple, he says.
These 42 percent are Danish companies with a ”high” or ”very high” degree of digitalisation. Finland and Norway are second with 41 and 35 percent, respectively, describes the publication IT application in companies 2017, which is published by Danmarks Statistik today.
The Danish No. 1 position in the EU is the result of the relatively large number of companies applying a range of basic technologies. It is a question of fast Internet, employees with portable devices for mobile Internet access, own homepage and use of social media.
However, there are areas in which Danish companies still have a lot to gain, says Christian Hannibal. Something new is the focus on advanced digitalisation such as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Only 5 percent of Danish companies use these technologies today.
- We are European champions in basic digitalisation. That is good. But we also need to take the lead when it comes to the more advanced disciplines such as artificial intelligence and use of sensors. In this field there is still a lot of work to be done for Danish companies in all industries, says Christian Hannibal.
He believes that we must build on the success and make Denmark the preferred country to look to if you are an innovative company or a digital talent.
- We hope that the governments coming digital growth strategy will contribute to that, says Christian Hannibal.
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- 5 percent of all companies applied machine learning and artificial intelligence in 2017.
- Broken down by type of industry, machine learning and artificial intelligence were the most widespread among companies in information and communication of which 13 percent applied these forms of advanced technologies.
- Approx. one third of the companies applied Internet connected sensors in 2017. Since this technology can be applied for many different purposes, its use was relatively equally distributed among the industries.
- 15 percent of all companies applied satellite based services in 2016. The application of satellite based services was much more industry specific and companies in transportation were by far the largest users with a share of 45 percent.
We are European champions in basic digitalisation.