English most widely spoken foreign language
According to the report (PDF), on average, just over half of all Europeans can speak more than just their native language. English is the most widely spoken foreign language within the European Union, followed by French and German.
In the Netherlands, English is also the most commonly spoken foreign language (90%), followed by German (71%) and French (29%). These results are in line with earlier findings published by Education First, showing that the Dutch have an exceptionally good command of the English language. In a recent EP survey, only Sweden and Denmark were adjudged to have more widespread English proficiency.
The fact that the Netherlands has a very open, export-driven economy partly explains the results. People here tend to use their foreign language skills on a daily basis for work, online and when watching TV.