Dutch place second in English skills ranking
The Dutch have excellent English skills. According to a list from EF English Proficiency Index EF EPI, only Norway precedes the Netherlands in English language know-how.
Following these top two countries in the rankings is Denmark in third place, followed by Sweden and Finland. The lowest scores were recorded in Turkey and South America.
The list is the first of its kind to rank English language proficiency. The results were pulled from more than two million people in 44 different countries who took a free online English test between 2007 and 2009.
The five countries that top the ranking have remarkable similarities, says the list’s publisher EF Education First. They are all prosperous northern European countries where English is spoken by a small number of people beyond national borders. Residents of these countries also have good education levels and score well on academic ability tests.
“The EF EPI shows countries that invest time and money in the education of children will be rewarded with a society that has a good knowledge of English,” said Eva Kockum, President of EF International Language Centers.
“People from small Nordic countries are motivated to learn English at a high level because they known that English language proficiency is essential for their professional careers. That may be the only way to survive in the global economy and find economic success outside of their borders.”http://cdn.radionetherlands.nl/data/files/images/lead/vidcito650.jpg
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