How well do the Swiss speak English? Not as well as most of their counterparts in other European countries according to a study released Wednesday by EF Education First.
The 4th edition of the EF English Proficiency Index ranked the English skills of 750,000 non-native speakers around the world. Switzerland placed 18th out of 63 countries worldwide and 15th out of 24 in Europe. Seven countries – including four in Scandinavia – were ranked as having “very high proficiency”.
The study also showed that Swiss women speak English better than the men and that Swiss aged 18-34 have stronger skills than their elders.
Edna Ayme is a writer and corporate communications specialist living in Geneva.