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Revealed: The World’s Best Non-Native English Speaking Countries, 2019

The Netherlands has been ranked the world’s best non-native speakers of English in a yearly international ranking. The country overtook last year’s winner, Sweden, which was relegated to second place. Norway completed the top three, followed by Denmark and Singapore.

The report is based on a comparison of English skills measured by testing 2.3 million people, who voluntarily applied to take the test, in 100 countries and over 400 cities and regions.

English is the most widely spoken language in the world, but it is worth knowing that the vast majority of speakers are not “native.” Of the roughly 1.5 billion people in the world who speak English, over 1.1 billion speak it as a second language.

Fourteen countries were placed in the “very high” category: The Netherlands (No. 1), Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Singapore, South Africa, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Belgium and Croatia (No. 14).

The country with the lowest English proficiency is Libya, followed by Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, and Uzbekistan.

Which EU countries are the worst at speaking English?

Italy has the lowest level of English proficiency of any country in the European Union. The country was given 36th place overall and placed in the “moderate proficiency” group.

Joining Italy in the “moderate proficiency” band, and at the bottom of all EU countries, were Spain (35th), Latvia (32nd), France (31st).

Which Countries Speak The Best English As A Second Language?

RankCountryScoreProficiency
1Netherlands70.27 Very high
2Sweden68.74 Very high
3Norway67.93 Very high
4Denmark67.87 Very high
5Singapore66.82 Very high
6South Africa65.38 Very high
7Finland65.34 Very high
8Austria64.11 Very high
9Luxembourg64.03 Very high
10Germany63.77 Very high
11Poland63.76 Very high
12Portugal63.14 Very high
13Belgium63.09 Very high
14Croatia63.07 Very high
15Hungary61.86High
16Romania61.36High
17Serbia61.3High
18Kenya60.51High
19Switzerland60.23High
20Philippines60.14High
21Lithuania60.11High
22Greece59.87High
23Czech Republic59.3High
24Bulgaria58.97High
25Slovakia58.82High
26Malaysia58.55High
27Argentina58.38High
28Estonia58.29High
29Nigeria58.26High
30Costa Rica57.38Moderate
31France57.25Moderate
32Latvia56.85Moderate
33Hong Kong55.63Moderate
34India55.49Moderate
35Spain55.46Moderate
36Italy55.31Moderate
37South Korea55.04Moderate
38Taiwan54.18Moderate
39Uruguay54.08Moderate
40China53.44Moderate
41Macau53.34Moderate
42Chile52.89Moderate
43Cuba52.7Moderate
44Dominican Republic52.58Moderate
45Paraguay52.51Moderate
46Guatemala52.5Moderate
47Belarus52.39Low
48Russia52.14Low
49Ukraine52.13Low
50Albania51.99Low
51Bolivia51.64Low
52Vietnam51.57Low
53Japan51.51Low
54Islamic Republic of Pakistan51.41Low
55Bahrain50.92Low
56Georgia50.62Low
57Honduras50.53Low
58Peru50.22Low
59Brazil50.1Low
60El Salvador50.09Low
61Indonesia50.06Low
62Nicaragua49.89Low
63Ethiopia49.64Low
64Panama49.6Low
65Tunisia49.04Low
66Nepal49Low
67Mexico48.99Low
68Colombia48.75Low
69Iran48.69Low
70U.A.E.48.19Very low
71Bangladesh48.11Very low
72Maldives48.02Very low
73Venezuela47.81Very low
74Thailand47.61Very low
75Jordan47.21Very low
76Morocco47.19Very low
77Egypt47.11Very low
78Sri Lanka47.1Very low
79Turkey46.81Very low
80Qatar46.79Very low
81Ecuador46.57Very low
82Syria46.36Very low
83Cameroon46.28Very low
84Kuwait46.22Very low
85Azerbaijan46.13Very low
86Myanmar46Very low
87Sudan45.94Very low
88Mongolia45.56Very low
89Afghanistan45.36Very low
90Algeria45.28Very low
91Angola44.54Very low
92Oman44.39Very low
93Kazakhstan43.83Very low
94Cambodia43.78Very low
95Uzbekistan43.18Very low
96Ivory Coast42.41Very low
97Iraq42.39Very low
98Saudi Arabia41.6Very low
99Kyrgyzstan41.51Very low
100Libya40.87Very low

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Anna Papadopoulos
Editor, writer, teacher, consultant. Advocate for plain language, journalism, free speech, and tolerance. Feminist. Based in Sydney, Australia.
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