Ranking: Danes are the third best non-native English-speakers in the world

Ranking: Danes are the third best non-native English-speakers in the world

When you hold a meeting in Copenhagen, there is a good chance that communication is smoother than in most other destinations. The English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) just ranked the Danes as the 3rd best non-native English-speakers in the world.
Friday, April 8, 2016

English is considered a core competency in a globalized economy, and there are strong correlations between English proficiency and income, quality of life, ease of doing business and years of schooling. It is the world’s most widely spoken language – however, out of a total of 1.5 billion, only 375 million are classified as native speakers.Therefore, over 1 billion people speak English as their second language, and 86% of the population in Denmark speak English as their additional language

Now, the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), which measures the English proficiency of 63 non-Commonwealth countries, ranks the Danes as the 3rd best non-native English-speakers in the world.

Clearly, doing business is easier when English skills are good, and in countries where English is not an official language, companies are conducting more and more of their business in English. Moreover, an increasing number of companies are adopting English as their corporate language, aiming to avoid potential gaps in communication. With a score of 70,05 in the EF EPI, the Danes are well ahead of the average 63,45 out of a possible 100, where the highest score is 70,94.

In an increasingly competitive global business environment, a high level of language proficiency is key. Fortunately 58% of the Danes speak more than one foreign language – typically German, French or Spanish - which is well above the EU average of 25%.

Denmark is continually ranked as a top country to do business in and is internationally renowned for its innovative IT, science and clean-tech industries. It is home to the world’s happiest people and offer high levels of education.

About EF EPI
The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) is the world’s largest ranking of countries by adult English skills. Published annually, the EF EPI is an important international benchmark for adult English proficiency. The EF EPI reports identify the most common pitfalls and highlight the most effective strategies for improving English proficiency.

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