The AI magic is in Copenhagen
Greater Copenhagen is happy hunting grounds for AI companies. Denmark is ranked the world’s most digital country, and though awareness is roaring the use of AI is still limited. Getting in is easy; coffee with CEOs, researchers and business partners is usually just a phone call away.
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The world's best data Denmark has rich, pure and comprehensive data
The world's best data
A long history of collecting and managing data, puts Greater Copenhagen on the map when it comes to data quality
Denmark tops the Open Data Watch global rankings for the quality, coverage and openness of its social, economic, and environmental statistics – but this is just the beginning of the story.
Both public and private enterprise are working tirelessly to open up and extend the possibilities for accessing the country’s data. They all have one goal: to make it easier for Danish-based businesses and organisations to turn their projects, products and solutions into reality.
A health data treasure chest
The system of civil registration, or CPR as it is called in Denmark, has the flexibility to allow for categorisation across different databases. This veritable treasure chest of rich, pure and comprehensive data is exactly what companies involved in AI or Machine Learning are looking for to run through their software. It’s also a unique opportunity for all those involved in health and disease analysis, as well as any enterprise working with digital health solutions.
A good place to do business
Denmark has been ranked the best place in Europe to do business by the World Bank every year since 2012.
Placing your AI/ML/DL company in Greater Copenhagen will give you access to a great number of benefits that will support your success.
For the sixth year in a row Denmark is ranked the easiest place in Europe to do business. Globally, only New Zealand and Singapore are ahead of Denmark in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business Index’, which presents quantitative indicators on 11 areas of business regulation for 189 economies.
double taxation rule
Low company tax and Europe’s most flexible labour market
Company tax in Denmark is 22% and Denmark offers a unique 0% double taxation rule, making Greater Copenhagen the perfect base for business expansion.
Denmark has Europe’s lowest rate of social security contribution on salaries. The country is also famed for its “flexicurity” labour market model, providing the most flexible employment legislation in Europe. The term covers maximum freedom to adjust the workforce to fit your company’s order volume without compromising the employees need for security.
CopenhAIgen Week Join our next hackathon
In April 2018 we gathered 6 incredible teams to work their AI magic on mobility data gathered by Wonderful Copenhagen, the official tourism organization for Copenhagen, at CopenhAIgen Week - an almighty 5-day party across our streets before a 48hr hackathon in a ballroom in the heart of Copenhagen!
The challenge at the hackathon was how to auto-generate appropriate push messages to travelers and locals (i.e. for recommendations & safety).
From Singapore to Silicon Valley the event attracted leading AI experts who flew all the way to Copenhagen to participate in the hackathon with the goal of creating a solution that can enrich the experience of tourists and other visitors to Greater Copenhagen.
Europe's digital capital The place to test and use innovative AI soultions
Europe’s most digital country
The European Commission has ranked Denmark as the most digital country in the EU.
The AI and Machine Learning revolution is gathering pace. It is already benefiting our lives in in more and more areas – and in Greater Copenhagen, all the key players are in alignment.
The special collaboration between businesses, academia and the authorities in Greater Copenhagen are putting their full weight behind creating unique opportunities for both testing and using new and innovative AI solutions.
World leader in digital future readiness
- IMD 2018
World leader in e-government
- United Nations 2018
Europe's most digitalised society
- European Union 2018
World leader for data openness
- Open Data Watch 2018
Europe's highest concetration of researchers
- Bloomberg 2018
Happy people - Happy business
A happy workforce is a productive workforce. The employees in Greater Copenhagen are satisfied with their working conditions and their productiveness reflects this.
The OECD has announced that Greater Copenhagen has the world’s healthiest work-life balance. And in the latest annual Global Workforce Happiness Index (Universum). the residents of Greater Copenhagen were in the top five.
Happy people equals creative minds
Being content does not mean a lack of ambition. Certainly not in Greater Copenhagen anyway, where productivity is up. In fact, the International Monetary Fund puts Greater Copenhagen in the world’s top 20 for GDP per capita.
And according to World Economic Forum, the Greater Copenhagen workforce is among the 10 most independent and creative in the world.
Most liveable city
Happiness fuels success. Greater Copenhagen is a vibrant, hip and sustainable metropole, offering high living standards, great work-life balance and exiting career opportunities.
Copenhagen tops Monocle’s top 10 as one of the most liveable cities in the world for the third year in a row, because the city continues to hit the mark when it comes to cuisine, culture, public transport and business.
Access to top talent
Choose your talent from some of Europe’s finest universities
Denmark has a generations-long tradition of producing immensely talented programmers. It is thanks to this heritage that the country can now boast such excellent research and educational institutions within digital technology. So from healthcare and agriculture to education and finance, Denmark is on its way to become a leading global player in both researching and applying Machine Learning and AI.
This combination of world-leading talent and a superb digitalised ecosystem is a winning foundation for any company wishing to get ahead in the fields of AI and Machine Learning.
Small country. Huge computer science research resources
Denmark has three theoretical computer science (TCS) universities out of the European top 15 and two top 10 universities within Human-Computer Interaction. The country also has one of the top three universities in cryptography and one of the top five in Natural Language Processing in Europe.
Unusually, perhaps uniquely, businesses directly benefit from Denmark’s academic excellence because it is common practice in Denmark for private companies to collaborate with academic and research institutions as well as public organisations in research and development.
This special framework for public-private partnerships has convinced many international companies to work together with institutions like Aarhus University and The University of Copenhagen on a variety of new, innovative projects.
Explosive growth in AI investments Danish businesses are investing like never before
Explosive growth in AI investments
Greater Copenhagen companies are ready for AI
Businesses in Greater Copenhagen understand the significance of AI – and they’re investing like never before. From 2016-2017, Denmark saw a 50% increase in AI investments (IDC 2018) but there is still massive untapped potential for AI in the Danish market. Even though investments in AI nearly doubled last year, only 5% of Danish businesses are currently using Machine Learning. (Danmarks Statistik 2018).
Whichever European or global ranking you care to look at, you will find Denmark listed as a digital leader. Companies here are ready and eager to adopt new technology and new digital solutions.
Show your AI magic to a receptive audience
Denmark is a prime target for AI enterprises. Companies are ready for AI and are eager to invest when they find the right solution. As the choice of offerings in the country is still relatively limited, the field for new international players in the Danish market is still wide open.
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Build your AI future on the world’s strongest foundations
The most future-ready place in the world
The 2018 IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking lists Denmark as the most future-ready country in the world. Businesses and organisations involved in AI in Greater Copenhagen know they are very favourably placed, as the whole AI ecosystem is supported by a dedicated alliance of public authorities, industry and academia.
It’s not just about the major monetary investments being made in the sector, though. There’s a fundamental understanding of the importance of the industry. This insight is the foundation of government-proposed initiatives such as research centres, platforms for knowledge sharing and the granting of access to governmental data. All parties realise how important it is to keep Denmark at the cutting edge of digital research and development.
Turning theory into practise
A key driver for the rapid growth of the AI industry in the region is the very fruitful collaboration between local academic institutions and businesses. World renowned universities in Greater Copenhagen like the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have recently established their own AI centres, focusing on both commercial and non-commercial AI applications.
We are also seeing a noticeable growth in the number of highly specialised professional networks and organisations working with artificial intelligence being set up, for example the Danish Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence at the Alexandra Institute and Nordic.ai.
“Building an ML company in Copenhagen gives us tremendous access to talent from some top universities in the field, as well as a sophisticated digital society of early adopters when it comes to new healthcare solutions"
- ANDREAS CLEVE, CEO OF CORTI
A breeding ground for start-ups
A significant number of start-ups within many areas of artificial intelligence have already established a presence in Denmark – and more are coming all the time.
Denmark has some of Europe’s top universities in Europe within computer science and AI, which is perhaps why there is such an abundance of local start-up talent. Corti, Botsupply, Unsilo, and Wind Power Lab – to name but a few – are all Denmark-based start-up success stories.