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English Proficiency Index (EF EPI)

Very High Proficiency

  • 1. Sweden
  • 2. Norway
  • 3. Netherlands
  • 4. Estonia
  • 5. Denmark
  • 6. Austria
  • 7. Finland

High Proficiency

  • 8. Poland
  • 9. Hungary
  • 10. Slovenia
  • 11. Malaysia
  • 12. Singapore
  • 13. Belgium
  • 14. Germany
  • 15. Latvia
  • 16. Switzerland
  • 17. Portugal

Moderate Proficiency

  • 18. Slovakia
  • 19. Argentina
  • 20. Czech Republic
  • 21. India
  • 22. Hong Kong SAR
  • 23. Spain
  • 24. South Korea
  • 25. Indonesia
  • 26. Japan
  • 27. Ukraine
  • 28. Vietnam

Low Proficiency

  • 29. Uruguay
  • 30. Sri Lanka
  • 31. Russia
  • 32. Italy
  • 33. Taiwan
  • 34. China
  • 35. France
  • 36. UAE
  • 37. Costa Rica
  • 38. Brazil
  • 39. Peru
  • 40. Mexico
  • 41. Turkey
  • 42. Iran
  • 43. Egypt

Very Low Proficiency

  • 44. Chile
  • 45. Morocco
  • 46. Colombia
  • 47. Kuwait
  • 48. Ecuador
  • 49. Venezuela
  • 50. Jordan
  • 51. Qatar
  • 52. Guatemala
  • 53. El Salvador
  • 54. Libya
  • 55. Thailand
  • 56. Panama
  • 57. Kazakhstan
  • 58. Algeria
  • 59. Saudi Arabia
  • 60. Iraq

Latin America

  • 19. Argentina
  • 29. Uruguay
  • 37. Costa Rica
  • 38. Brazil
  • 39. Peru
  • 40. Mexico
  • 44. Chile
  • 46. Colombia
  • 48. Ecuador
  • 49. Venezuela
  • 52. Guatemala
  • 53. El Salvador
  • 56. Panama

Europe

  • 1. Sweden
  • 2. Norway
  • 3. Netherlands
  • 4. Estonia
  • 5. Denmark
  • 6. Austria
  • 7. Finland
  • 8. Poland
  • 9. Hungary
  • 10. Slovenia
  • 13. Belgium
  • 14. Germany
  • 15. Latvia
  • 16. Switzerland
  • 17. Portugal
  • 18. Slovakia
  • 20. Czech Republic
  • 23. Spain
  • 27. Ukraine
  • 31. Russia
  • 32. Italy
  • 35. France
  • 41. Turkey

Middle East and North Africa

  • 36. UAE
  • 42. Iran
  • 43. Egypt
  • 45. Morocco
  • 47. Kuwait
  • 50. Jordan
  • 51. Qatar
  • 54. Libya
  • 58. Algeria
  • 59. Saudi Arabia
  • 60. Iraq

Asia

  • 11. Malaysia
  • 12. Singapore
  • 21. India
  • 22. Hong Kong SAR
  • 24. South Korea
  • 25. Indonesia
  • 26. Japan
  • 28. Vietnam
  • 30. Sri Lanka
  • 33. Taiwan
  • 34. China
  • 55. Thailand
  • 57. Kazakhstan
   Very High Proficiency    High Proficiency    Moderate Proficiency    Low Proficiency    Very Low Proficiency

Europe

While the rest of Europe is already proficient in English or steadily working towards that goal, France is on an entirely different trajectory. The seven countries with the strongest English are all small European nations, whose size compels them to adopt an international outlook.

  • Sweden

    68,69

  • Norway

    66,60

  • Netherlands

    66,19

  • Estonia

    65,55

  • Denmark

    65,15

  • Austria

    62,66

  • Finland

    62,63

  • Poland

    62,25

  • Hungary

    60,41

  • Slovenia

    60,19

  • Belgium

    58,74

  • Germany

    58,47

  • Latvia

    57,66

  • Switzerland

    57,59

  • Portugal

    57,52

  • Slovakia

    54,58

  • Czech Republic

    54,40

  • Spain

    53,51

  • Ukraine

    53,09

  • Russia

    51,08

  • Italy

    50,97

  • France

    50,53

  • Turkey

    49,52

Latin America

Poor English remains one of the key competitive weaknesses of Latin America. More than half of the countries in the region are in the lowest EF EPI proficiency band. Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Chile have improved, but they still lack the large base of competent English speakers necessary for a globalized workforce. Some countries in the region, including Mexico and Guatemala, have declining English proficiency.

  • Argentina

    54,43

  • Uruguay

    51,49

  • Costa Rica

    50,23

  • Brazil

    50,07

  • Peru

    49,96

  • Mexico

    49,91

  • Chile

    48,20

  • Colombia

    47,07

  • Ecuador

    46,90

  • Venezuela

    46,44

  • Guatemala

    45,72

  • El Salvador

    45,29

  • Panama

    43,61

Asia

Some Asian countries, in particular Indonesia and Vietnam, have transformed their English proficiency over the six-year period. China has also improved, although less dramatically. Japan and South Korea, despite enormous private investment, have declined slightly.

  • Malaysia

    58,99

  • Singapore

    58,92

  • India

    54,38

  • Hong Kong SAR

    53,54

  • South Korea

    53,46

  • Indonesia

    53,44

  • Japan

    53,21

  • Vietnam

    52,27

  • Sri Lanka

    51,47

  • Taiwan

    50,95

  • China

    50,77

  • Thailand

    44,44

  • Kazakhstan

    43,47

Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa are the weakest regions in English. These oil-rich nations have staked their futures on developing knowledge economies before their oil production peaks. An exception to the region’s lackluster performance is the United Arab Emirates, which has improved significantly.

  • UAE

    50,37

  • Iran

    49,30

  • Egypt

    48,89

  • Morocco

    47,71

  • Kuwait

    46,97

  • Jordan

    46,44

  • Qatar

    45,97

  • Libya

    44,65

  • Algeria

    43,16

  • Saudi Arabia

    41,19

  • Iraq

    38,16