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Brussels – Eight percent of companies from the European Union with at least ten employees used artificial intelligence (AI) tools last year. Mostly in Denmark and Finland, least in Romania and Bulgaria. This was stated today by the statistical office Eurostat in its report. The Czech Republic is below the EU average with less than six percent.

Artificial intelligence refers to systems that use technology, for example, for text mining, computer vision, speech recognition, natural language generation or machine and deep learning. With their help, predictions, recommendations, or decisions can be made with varying degrees of autonomy to achieve specific goals.

In Denmark last year, 15.2 percent of companies with more than ten employees used AI, in Finland 15.1 percent, and in Luxembourg 14.4 percent. On the contrary, the fewest companies using AI were in Romania, 1.5 percent, followed by Bulgaria, 3.6 percent, and then Poland and Hungary, where it was 3.7 percent each.

In the Czech Republic last year, 5.9 percent of companies employed at least ten people and used artificial intelligence tools. In 2021, their share was 4.5 percent.

AI tools were used more last year than in 2021 in most EU countries, but not all. For instance, in Denmark, this share decreased, in 2021, 23.9 percent of companies with ten or more employees used AI tools. AI was also used less last year compared to 2021 in companies in Finland, France, Italy, and Slovenia, outside the EU also in Norway.