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Which countries have the best knowledge of English and what is the situation in Ukraine?

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Which countries have the best knowledge of English and what is the situation in Ukraine?

The level of English proficiency is very important nowadays, as it is one of the most popular languages in the world. However, according to the latest results of the annual English Proficiency Index for 2023, it was found that the level of English proficiency is not satisfactory in all popular tourist countries. Find out more about where in the world people speak English best and what place Ukraine ranks in the list

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English is a leading language among all the world's languages, given its active use in international communication. Therefore, when traveling abroad, many tourists know that knowledge of English will help them navigate the terrain more easily.


We're going to tell you which regions of the world have the highest level of English proficiency and what the situation is with English in Ukraine.


Which countries have the best English language skills?


According to the results of the annual English Proficiency Index for 2023, the situation with the level of English proficiency in different tourist countries turned out to be different. 


The analysis covered 2.2 million adults who took standard EF English tests in 113 countries and allowed us to determine the rating of each country on a scale from 0 to 800 points.


The Netherlands has the highest rating on this list, with a score of 647 points. The top 12 countries with the highest level of English language proficiency are mostly European countries, including Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Croatia, and Greece. 


Singapore and South Africa also showed a fairly high level of language proficiency, ranking second and ninth, respectively.


Other countries in the high English proficiency category include Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. 




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What is the situation with English in Ukraine?


Instead, Ukraine was placed in the third category with an average level of language proficiency, ranking 45th among all countries. This is 31 out of 34 places among European countries. Also in this category are countries popular with tourists: Georgia, Spain, Italy, Moldova, Albania, and France.


Armenia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan took lower places. The latter two showed an even lower level of English proficiency, being in the fourth category (low competence). 


Among the countries with the lowest level of English proficiency are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tajikistan, and Yemen. A total of 22 countries, including Uzbekistan, Thailand, and Kazakhstan, are in this category.

We remind you! Earlier we wrote that the Ukrainian government is trying to actively promote the English language in Ukraine. Find out how many Ukrainians don't know any foreign languages and how many are fluent in English.

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