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Finns trail their Nordic neighbours in English proficiency

The English skills of Finns have improved in comparison to the previous year but not as much as those of their Nordic neighbours, finds an international survey. Finland dropped one place to fifth in the English Proficiency Index with Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway all ranking ahead of it. A number of Middle Eastern countries bring up the rear in the ranking that includes a total of 70 countries and territories.

5.11.2015 5:05

The English Proficiency Index is published annually by EF Education First. A total of 910,000 adult learners of English were interviewed for the survey this year.

“Finns can be pleased with their fifth place. Surprising countries, such as Estonia and Poland, made it close to the top places,” says Laura Häkkinen, a country manager at EF Corporate Solutions.

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