English is the lingua franca of the modern era. It is by far the language spoken by most people with an estimated 1.8 billion users worldwide. It is the official language of the United Nations and many other international organizations. Moreover, English is the standard for aeronautical and maritime communications. English proficiency therefore is a key component of economic well-being.
In 2011 half of the pages on the internet were in English. The ability to communicate sufficiently well in English to leverage this enormous pool of online information is a necessity for any researcher or entrepreneur. In many countries children are taught English in elementary school. The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) is the first index that compares the average English language ability of adults in different countries. So which countries perform well and what’s their score? Here’s a top 10 countries by English proficiency!
Top 10 countries by English proficiency
- Poland – 59.08 / high proficiency
- Germany – 60.07 / high proficiency
- Hungary – 60.39 / high proficiency
- Austria – 62.14 / high proficiency
- Belgium – 62.46 / high proficiency
- Norway – 63.22 / very high proficiency
- Finland – 64.37 / very high proficiency
- The Netherlands – 66.32 / very high proficiency
- Denmark – 67.96 / very high proficiency
- Sweden – 68.91 / very high proficiency