Cecilia Larsson Lantz / Image Bank Sweden
Cecilia Larsson Lantz / Image Bank Sweden

In 2016, the 6th annual EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) ranking tested the English language proficiency of almost one million adults in 72 countries around the world. Worldwide, the English proficiency skills of young adults from 18-25 years are ranked the highest. Among all test participants, women tend to achieve better results than men, and non-native speakers in Europe continuously remain in first place in the world ranking.

EF notes that a high level of English proficiency correlates with an increase in income, quality of life, economic success and innovation. A good command of English allows countries to communicate and collaborate internationally and to engage in scientific research, which has a very positive influence on the innovation sector.

With an EF EPI score of 70,81, Sweden is not only far above the European proficiency average, but it is also placed third best of all countries worldwide. Since the launch of EF EPI in 2011, Sweden has consistently remained under the top 5 in the world’s proficiency trend. As shown in the Worldbank statistic, Sweden dedicates 13,2% of the total government expenditure to education, which is significantly more than average. Also, the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is higher than average. With 92,5% of the population having access to the Internet and 12,10 Mean Years of Schooling, Swedes are provided with an extensive access to English language acquisition from an early age on.

The high level of English makes it easy to find your way around Sweden, which can be attractive for international students and researchers.

ICEF Monitor published an article about the ranking on November 16, 2016

Text: Franziska Frei