AI Sweden and its partners are launching two groundbreaking AI initiatives that will be pivotal for Sweden's competitive edge and the ability to deliver high-quality societal services. These initiatives will also strengthen Sweden’s capabilities in AI and digital sovereignty.
AI Sweden has recently made the first major language model for Nordic languages, GPT-SW3, freely available as an open resource. Now, two new important steps are being taken to advance both Swedish development and Swedish usage of large language models.
The first initiative focuses on developing the first major multimodal language model in and for Sweden. This follows international trends in AI. The model will have a broad ability to solve a variety of tasks, including interaction with external tools such as databases and web browsers. It will also be able to process and generate images and audio. Like GPT-SW3, this new model will serve as a new national resource for Sweden.
In parallel, AI Sweden is collaborating with partners to create a shared digital assistant for the public sector. This assistant will be developed by fine-tuning a large language model—like GPT-SW3—with data generated by employees in public organizations. Similar to ChatGPT but tailored for Swedish public service needs and developed with our democratic values, norms, and societal diversity in mind; all while securely managing input data. The use and evolution of this assistant represent a novel approach within the public sector that will foster continuous improvement and adaptation through each employee's contributions directly shaping a more intelligent and efficient digital assistant.
By supporting employees in their text-based tasks, this assistant aims to simplify everyday work for public servants allowing them time for more interpersonal value-added tasks. It is designed to be user-friendly and accessible to all employees regardless of their tech skills, capable of tasks such as:
These initiatives strengthens Sweden's position in terms of digital sovereignty and AI capabilities by developing expertise around large language models while making advanced AI resources widely accessible. They should be viewed as modern infrastructure where central entities coordinate development resources or services beyond individual actors' capacity or means alone.
The project's goal is to develop an AI-powered digital assistant designed to support public sector employees with a variety of text-related tasks.
This assistant will be built on a Swedish language model and trained using instructional data provided by the employees themselves.
AI Sweden is progressing from its initial large-scale Nordic language model GPT-SW3 towards creating a comprehensive multimodal model capable of processing not just text but also images and audio.