Romania ranks 16th in the world in the 2018 edition of the English Proficiency Index compiled by language training company Education First.
Romania is ranked in the “High Proficiency” band, with a score of 60.31, bellow Switzerland, ranked 15th and ahead of Croatia (60.16), Serbia (60.04), Portugal (60.02) and the Czech Republic (59.99).
The best non-native English-language speakers in the world are in Sweden, the Index found. The country had a score of 70.72, leading the “Very High Proficiency” band. It is followed by the Netherlands, with a score of 70.31, Singapore (68.63), Norway (68.38), and Denmark (67.34).
Among EU countries, the last spots in the chart are taken up by Spain (55.85), Italy (55.77), and France (55.49), all ranked in the “Moderate Proficiency” band. Among the 88 countries around the world that were surveyed, Libya occupies the last spot, with a score of 39.64. It shares the “Very Low Proficiency” band Iraq (40.82), ranked 87th, and Uzbekistan (42.53), ranked 86th.
In the City Scores part of the Index, Bucharest is listed last in the “Moderate Proficiency” band, with a score of 52.54. Amsterdam leads the city index, with a score of 72.41, followed by Stockholm (71.85) and New Delhi (69.96) in the “Very High Proficiency” band. The “Very High Proficiency” band also includes Vienna (65.14), Prague (65.10), Budapest (64.94), and Berlin (64.24).
The English Proficiency Index was put together after an analysis of the results of 1.3 million test takers in 2017.
The 2018 English Proficiency Index is available here.