Dutch place second in English skills ranking

30th March 2011, Comments 10 comments

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.”

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3 Comments To This Article

  • what nonsense posted:

    on 6th April 2011, 12:12:04 - Reply

    What idiot from their "little North America Enclave" here in Holland is writing such BS??? I live in a suburb of Eindhoven and nobody speaks english, and when you start speaking english you see all the townie's jaws drop , they hate anyone who doesn't speak their idiotic language! This site has no insight into what goes on in Holland beyond Amsterdam.
  • what nonsense posted:

    on 6th April 2011, 12:12:03 - Reply

    What idiot from their "little North America Enclave" here in Holland is writing such BS??? I live in a suburb of Eindhoven and nobody speaks english, and when you start speaking english you see all the townie's jaws drop , they hate anyone who doesn't speak their idiotic language! This site has no insight into what goes on in Holland beyond Amsterdam.
  • Canucky Woman posted:

    on 30th March 2011, 11:10:44 - Reply

    Those countries also have first languages that are not widely spoken beyond their borders so English becomes more essential if one needs to do business internationally or wants to travel.