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Flanders in the world’s top 8 for English language skills

Education First’s 2019 English Proficiency Index (EPI) is out, ranking 100 countries and regions by the English language skills of their citizens. Belgium comes in at number 13, indicating a ‘very high proficiency’ for the second year in a row. Zooming in on the country’s northern region, Flanders takes an impressive 8th place. Here’s why!

Climbing the ranks

While Belgium as a whole received a score of 63.09 in the English Proficiency Index (EPI), placing it firmly in the ‘very high’ category, Education First (EF) also discloses the results of the country’s different language communities. In this respect, the Dutch-speaking community of Flanders achieves a total score of 65.01 – which is the equivalent of 8th place worldwide for English language proficiency.

Innovation indicator

In addition to international collaboration and trade benefits, high English proficiency is also positively correlated with numerous key measures of innovation according to the Education First study. These include: public investment in R&D and researchers as well as number of technicians per capita. Flanders’ continued focus on innovation – nearly 3% of its GDP is invested in R&D – confirms this trend.

About Belgium and Flanders

With Dutch as its official language, Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen) is the autonomous northern region of Belgium. The capital of both Belgium and Flanders is Brussels.

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14 November 2019

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