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Walk through Sweden’s bustling capital and you’ll find abandoned cash machines, card-only parking meters and market vendors who only accept mobile payments. “Ninety-seven percent of the transactions are done without bills,” Anders Ygeman, Sweden’s Minister for Energy and Digital Development told VICE News.

Known globally for its welfare system, the Scandinavian country of 10 million has been embracing new technologies for decades – from tax subsidies for home computers in the 90’s, to mobile technology infrastructure. The country is nearing complete digitization of both public and private sectors, and has now its sight set on artificial intelligence all with the goal of making life more convenient, efficient and equitable for its citizens.