29th December 2016

WEF/EF: Which countries are best at English as a second language? Czech Republic ranks 16th worldwide

The Netherlands has emerged as the nation with the highest English language proficiency, according to the EF English Proficiency Index, with a score of 72. It is ahead of five other northern European nations at the top of the chart. The Czech Republic ranks 13th in Europe (out of 26 countries) and 16th worldwide (out of 72 countries). Read details.

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According to a recent World Economic Forum post, if researching a global language network shows one thing, it's that English remains the number one most connected language in the world. After English, however, there was no single global network, but rather three sets of smaller networks around the world, linked together by languages that have had historical and colonial influence, such as French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese.

Also, Jan Bobek, Business Development Manager CEE, Tebodin Czech Republic, points to the fact that the working-level knowledge of English language is a must these days and employers are looking for candidates with knowledge of other foreign languages. Despite the fact that Germany is a major investor and trade partner for the Czech Republic, the level of knowledge of German language in the country is inadequate (Source: AmCham Czech Republic  publication 2016-17 Best Office - Growing your Business).

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic