Dutch score well in English language test
The Dutch are quite proficient in the English language. Out of all the countries in which English is not the native language, only Sweden performs better.
Denmark gets third place in the language skills list of the educational company Education First (EF). Belgium gets no higher than seventeenth on the list.
France, Italy and Spain are well behind. The French do even worse than countries like Lithuania and Ukraine. According to EF, Turkey is making great strides thanks to the high standard of the teachers of English in that country.
Western Europe generally does better than Eastern Europe, and European women generally have better English than European men.
A total of 910,000 people in seventy countries were tested on their English for the list. The Netherlands was also second last year, Denmark and Sweden have swopped positions. Libya is last in the list.
I have no idea why there are so many great teachers in Turkey unless they are military?
Otherwise amazed the Danish are behind the Dutch for once, their English always sounds more accurate than the Dutch effort for me for some reason…
No real surprise though; the top three are all very closely related in one way and another in the Western and Northern families of Germanic. And Frisian is - according to many - even more similar to English than Dutch.
(edited to correct grammar)