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Swedes place 1st in English skills ranking

With English education already in lower school and TV programs that are not dubbed, Swedes have developed excellent English skills, according to a study by the world's largest private educational company.

The EF English Proficiency Index said Sweden is the world's top English-speaking country for people who speak English as a second language. Last year the Scandinavian country came in at number four.

Denmark was ranked number two, followed by the Netherlands, Finland and Norway.

“We are extremely proud that Swedes are the best in the world at English,” Mats Ulenius, the head of Sweden’s branch of Education first, told The Local.
“One of the factors of our success is that we begin with English education already in lower school. Another is that we are exposed to a lot of English as we travel a lot, our TV programmes aren’t dubbed and we use the internet a lot.”
Mats Ulenius added that English is a key factor for the country's economic welfare.

The EF English Proficiency Index tested nearly 2 million people in 54 countries for their skills with English as a second language.

Founded in 1965, Stockholm-based Education First, EF, is the world's largest private educational company.

Last Updated (Monday, 29 October 2012 05:18)


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