Coming first in a worldwide study

The Netherlands has taken first place in a new study from EF, an international education company specialising in language training, academic degree programmes, cultural exchange and educational travel. The EF English Proficiency Index 2019 tested 2.3 million participants in 100 countries and regions around the world. In 2018, the Netherlands was also the top-ranking country in the index.

A very high level of English proficiency

Along with Singapore and Sweden, the Netherlands placed into the ‘very high’ proficiency band. To qualify for this classification band, participants in the study must speak English well enough to perform certain tasks, including negotiating a contract with a native speaker and easily reading advanced texts. Additionally, the Netherlands scored highly for having a small language gender gap, meaning men and women have similar levels of English skills.

A skilled workforce

High levels of English proficiency throughout the Netherlands have made the country an international magnet for business. These linguistic skills have also made Amsterdam (where 90% of residents speak English) a popular choice for corporate offices and headquarters, as companies know they will find a highly skilled workforce with excellent communication skills.

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