The English-language skills of Sweden's adult population is the best in the world, among non-native English speakers, according to new rankings of 60 countries.

Smaller European countries proved to be the most proficient in English, according to language learning company EF Education First's English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) - the world's most comprehensive ranking of English ability. The analysis showed that better English could help smaller countries to improve their international competitiveness.

"We found that by engaging in a national dialogue about English, stakeholders can help align goals, improve incentives, and focus on teaching English for communication.  The economic impact of such a coordinated program is clear", said Dr.Christopher McCormick, Head of EF's Academic Affairs and Research Network.

The annual rankings cover countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North Africa and Latin America where English is not the native language, based on tests taken by 750,000 adults. 

 EF Education First was established in Sweden in 1965 "with the mission to break down barriers of language, culture, and geography".

     Rank Country
     1   Sweden
     2   Norway
     3   Netherlands
     4   Estonia
     5   Denmark
     6   Austria
     7   Finland
     8   Poland
     9   Hungary
     10  Slovenia
     11  Malaysia
     12  Singapore
     13  Belgium
     14  Germany
     15  Latvia
     16  Switzerland
     17  Portugal
     18  Slovakia
     19  Argentina
     20  Czech Republic
     21  India
     22  Hong Kong SAR
     23  Spain
     24  South Korea
     25  Indonesia
     26  Japan
     27  Ukraine
     28  Vietnam
     29  Uruguay
     30  Sri Lanka
     31  Russia
     32  Italy
     33  Taiwan
     34  China
     35  France
     36  United Arab Emirates
     37  Costa Rica
     38  Brazil
     39  Peru
     40  Mexico
     41  Turkey
     42  Iran
     43  Egypt
     44  Chile
     45  Morocco
     46  Colombia
     47  Kuwait
     48  Ecuador
     49  Venezuela
     50  Jordan
     51  Qatar
     52  Guatemala
     53  El Salvador
     54  Libya
     55  Thailand
     56  Panama
     57  Kazakhstan
     58  Algeria
     59  Saudi Arabia
     60  Iraq

Last Updated (Wednesday, 06 November 2013 04:36)