English is considered a core competency in a globalised economy, and there are strong correlations between English proficiency and income, quality of life, ease of doing business and years of schooling. It is one of 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 72 countries and territories, ranks the Danes as the 2nd 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 71,15 in the EF EPI sixth edition, Denmark jumps up one spot and improved their score with 1,10. The Danes are well ahead of the global average 52,74 out of a possible 100.
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, Swedish 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 offers high levels of education.
About the 2016 EF EPI
The EF English Proficiency Index 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.
The sixth edition of the EF EPI ranks 72 countries and territories based on test data from more than 950,000 adults. The EF EPI is increasingly cited as an authoritative data source by journalists, educators, elected officials, and business leaders. See the full 2016 EF EPI report here.