Danes are 2nd best non-native English speakers in the world

Denmark is the second-best performing country in the EF English Proficiency Index, ranking English skills in 72 countries worldwide.

Great English skills is the key to innovation and growth. Countries and companies that wish to attract foreign investment and trade and stimulate entrepreneurial growth have recognised the importance of English for creating a business-friendly environment.

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In the 2016 EF English Proficiency Index, Denmark takes the second position, surpassed only by the Netherlands.

“The Danes’ strong English abilities makes Greater Copenhagen an ideal choice for a Nordic headquarters as well as for doing research in a number of fields such as life sciences and cleantech. Whether you are a foreign business, international talent or investor, we are ready to help you explore business opportunities in Greater Copenhagen”, says Claus Lønborg, CEO, Copenhagen Capacity.

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High-technology exports

Countries with better English skills tend to produce more high-technology exports and invest more in research and development in fields such as pharmaceuticals, scientific instruments, computers, and electrical machinery. English is also critical to science and engineering. Countries with higher English proficiency have more researchers and technicians per capita, as well as larger expenditures for research and development.

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About the 2016 EF EPI

The sixth edition of the EF English Proficiency Index (EPI) ranks 72 countries and territories based on test data from more than 950,000 adults. The EF EPI is increasingly cited as an authoritative data source by journalists, educators, elected officials, and business leaders. See the full 2016 EF EPI report here.