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The Dutch Are Best at English

Holland’s English as a Second Language Skills top EF English Proficiency Index

The netherlands ranks 1 in the EF English Proficiency Index 2019

In the latest EF English Proficiency Index, the Netherlands ranked top, followed by Sweden and Norway. The Netherlands has consistently been in the top three of the ranking since it was first published in 2011. In the 2019 eddition of the Index, EF ranked the Netherlands top of the group with “Very high proficiency” with a total score of 70.27.

Dutch score well among the total of 2.3 billion English language tests

To create the 2019 edition of the EF English Proficiency Index, EF has looked into the results of 2.3 million adults who took our English tests in 2018. The Dutch scored particularly well in using nuanced and appropriate language in social situations, they can read advanced texts with ease and they can negotiate a contract with a native English speaker.

English language skills create advantages for business, graduates and scientists

The index, which ranks countries on their proficiency of English as a second language sees much advantages in English language skills. “More than a billion people speak English as a first or second language, and hundreds of millions more as a third or fourth. For expanding businesses, young graduates, scientists and researchers, and international tourists, English proficiency broadens horizons, lowers barriers, and speeds information exchange. The incentives to learn English have never been greater,” mentions the report [PDF].

Competitive Industries use English

The report specifically mentions the skills of English speakers as an advantage to business. “English is an essential skill for any professional who wants to access global best practices, learn from international colleagues, and remain adaptable in a changing economy.” With the Netherlands also ranking high in the WEF Global Competitiveness Index, Global Innovation Index and OECD Work-Life Balance research, rankings seem to point to the Netherlands as a great place for business to thrive.

Source: EF English Proficiency Index Report 2019

5 November 2019

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