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Belgian executives are most multi-lingual in Europe

Senior Belgian managers have a good feel for languages. This is one of the conclusions reached by the UPS Europe Business Monitor, a research organ of the American UPS Company, the largest parcel delivery company in the world.



According to the results, Belgian executives are the most multi-lingual in Europe: 78 percent of them speak a minimum of three languages, including their own mother tongue. In Europe as a whole, only 34 percent of managers are equally fluent. In Belgium, English, French and Dutch are the languages most commonly spoken by senior executives. The European top three are English, French and German. 85% of Europe’s managerial personnel claim to speak English. A less impressive 45% converse adequately in French, whilst just 29% have mastered the intricacies of German.

Perhaps not surprisingly, when contacting colleagues in other countries English is the preferred language of communication. 85% of company bosses feel confident of holding a meeting in English, followed by 45% who feel able to get by in French. Only 22% would feel happy conferencing in Spanish or Italian.

These results come from the eleventh edition of the UPS Europe Business Monitor. More than 1,450 managers from all over Europe took part in the survey, including top executives from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain and Great Britain. In Belgium and Holland, about 100 company directors and senior officials were interviewed.

Further details about the survey can be found on the website http://www.ebm.ups.com

Reported by
FIT
12 June 2002

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