The rankings come from Swiss education company Education First and are based on citizens’ performance in its English proficiency tests. This year there were more than one million participants from 80 different countries where English is not the official language. Around 3,000 Swedes participated.
This year’s index showed that Gothenburg and West Sweden are among the top performing cities and regions in Europe, and are the highest ranked city and region in Sweden.
“That West Swede’s are good at English is not a coincidence, but a trend we have seen for some time,” said Malin Ankarberg, country manager for Education First in Sweden, to public broadcaster SVT.
In the international rankings, Sweden improved one position on last year and came in second behind the Netherlands. Filling out the remaining top five places were Denmark, followed by Norway and Singapore.
Sweden has been in the top four every year since the English proficiency index began in 2011. It has topped the list on three occasions, most recently in 2015.
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