April 20, 2015

English skills of Finns among the best in the world

Finns begin to learn English early on at school, which contributes to good language skills as an adult.
Finns begin to learn English early on at school, which contributes to good language skills as an adult.
RIITTA SUPPERI / KEKSI / TEAM FINLAND

Finns came fourth in the EF English Proficiency Index, published by EF Education First, which compares English language skills in countries where English is not a native language.

The fourth edition of the report, which covers 63 countries, tested altogether 750 000 adults.

According to the report, the only countries with better language skills than in Finland were Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. All the Nordic countries made it to the top of the regional rankings, with Norway at fifth place. Both Finland’s index and position improved since 2013 when the country came seventh.

“In Finland we learn English at school from an early age, which provides a good basis for working life,” says EF Corporate Solutions’ country manager Laura Häkkinen.

In the sector-based comparison the best English skills could be found among consulting, legal and tourism experts. An interesting finding was that Finland’s middle management has better English skills than the country’s upper management.

The originator of the report, EF Education First, is the world’s largest private language training organisation.

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