Finland is one of the world's leading countries in the development of artificial intelligence, according to a recent study.

Finland's strengths are the actions and investments of public authorities, but there are problems in adopting technology.

- Finland is one of the first countries to have developed its own artificial intelligence strategy, says Heidi Jern, Google's Director of Public Relations in Finland.

According to Jern, the adoption of artificial intelligence technology, which is a problem in Finland, is due to the fact that there are many small and medium-sized enterprises in Finland.

They may not have the ability to utilize artificial intelligence.

He also points out that even the management of companies often does not understand the possibilities of artificial intelligence.

- Many companies are in dire need of development opportunities that could significantly increase their own operations.

In that, artificial intelligence brings significant opportunities, Jern emphasizes.

The study was conducted by consulting firm McKinsey as its research partner Google.

The study deals with the effects of artificial intelligence on the Finnish economy and well-being.

According to the report, in addition to Finland, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland, Japan and Germany are in the top quarter of the 29 leading artificial intelligence countries.

Sweden, Denmark and Norway, among others, are only in the second best quarter.

Very sharp artificial intelligence tip

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä (center) says that Finland's artificial intelligence program has attracted widespread international attention.

This is evidenced by the fact that the EU selected former Nokia CEO Pekka Ala-Pietilä to lead its own working group of the 500 most advanced artificial intelligence users.

According to Lintilä, he has a letter of appointment almost ready for a new artificial intelligence program.

- We are going very strongly to the SME sector.

The aim is to strengthen the digital capabilities of SMEs and support their business in digitalisation, Lintilä says.

Heidi Jern, Google 's Director of Public Relations. Image: Google

According to him, Finland has a very sharp tip of artificial intelligence, but it must be possible to expand it.

The SME sector needs to become more efficient and productive.

GDP would grow by as much as 1.4 percentage points a year

According to the study, the wider use of artificial intelligence would increase Finland's gross domestic product by as much as EUR 3.3 billion or 1.4 percentage points per year.

- What matters is how Finland can encourage companies and seek and implement growth opportunities, Jern says.

According to Lintilä, the estimate of GDP growth is realistic.

According to him, the key is to be able to use existing data resources more efficiently and to make better use of digitalisation, automation and robots.

- Artificial intelligence will never replace human interaction, but artificial intelligence has many opportunities to increase productivity, Lintilä estimates.