According to various international rankings, people in Flanders are:
- highly productive – #4 worldwide for labour productivity (US Conference Board).
- highly skilled – #12 in Europe for digital skills (DESI) and #17 within the OECD for collaborative problem-solving skills (OECD PISA).
- highly educated – #1 for mathematics, #3 for science literacy, #5 for reading skills in Europe (OECD PISA).
To top it all off, Flanders’ people are multilingual by default. Most are fluent in Belgium’s three official languages – Dutch, French and German – as well as English. In fact, according to Education First’s English Proficiency Index, people in Flanders are the world’s 11th best non-native speakers of the language of Shakespeare & Co.